UPDATE: SCAF trims curfew around defense ministry in Abbasiya

Ahram Online, Wednesday 9 May 2012

Ruling military council shortens nighttime curfew five days after violent clashes outside defense ministry headquarters in Abbasiya

Abbasiya Square
Armoured military vehicles close the road to Abbasiya Square, near Egypt's Defence Ministry, in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt’s ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) on Wednesday shortened the curfew from 12am to 6am instead of 11am to 7am in the area around the defence ministry headquarters – in effect for the last five days – in Cairo’s eastern Abbasiya district, a military source told Al-Ahram's Arabic-language website. 

Egypt's state news agency, MENA, wrongfully reported earlier that SCAF had completely lifted the curfew.

The curfew, from 11pm to 7am, was first imposed in Abbasiya on Friday following violent clashes outside the ministry between protesters and military police, which left two dead – including one soldier – and 373 injured.

Meanwhile, military prosecutors have ordered the continued detention of 300 protesters arrested on Friday following the clashes. On Wednesday, a number of activists protested in front of military prosecution headquarters to chant against military rule and demand the release of the detainees. 

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