Egypt military declares Abbasiya curfew for fourth consecutive day

Ahram Online, Monday 7 May 2012

As the area around defence ministry headquarters remains tense, the military council extends the dusk-to-dawn curfew for the fourth day in a row


On Monday, Egypt’s ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) extended the curfew in Cairo’s flashpoint Abbasiya district from 11pm on Monday night to 6am on Tuesday morning.


The curfew was first imposed on Friday, following the eruption of clashes between anti-SCAF protesters and army personnel outside defence ministry headquarters in Abbasiya. 


Two people were killed and hundreds injured in the ensuing bloodshed.  


Since the onset of violence on 28 April, at least ten protesters have been killed and hundreds more injured in the ensuing clashes.


On Friday, more than 300 protesters were arrested in a crackdown by military personnel. Although 15 female protesters were later released, the rest remained in detention as of Sunday night.

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