Egypt curfew will be reduced to 12-5am next week: Source

Ahram Online, Monday 16 Sep 2013

Egyptian government source says authorities are set to ease curfew for third time to adjust to the start of the school year on Saturday

Egyptian authorities are set to reduce the hours of the nightly curfew in key governorates from 11pm-6am to 12am-5am, an official source told Al-Ahram's Arabic news website on Monday.

The source said that the curfew adjustment is being made to accommodate the beginning of the school year on Saturday.

According to the anonymous source, the purpose is to facilitate the movement of students who have to travel to attend school.

The curfew was put in place in 14 governorates, including the capital, on 14 August after nationwide protests and unrest following the ouster of former elected president Mohamed Morsi.

The government also put in place a state of emergency, which was extended for two months earlier this week.

The curfew was initially from 7pm to 6am, but the starting time was changed to 9pm on 24 August and 11pm on 31 August, except on Fridays, when it has remained at 7pm.

The source did not mention whether the new changes would include Fridays, the first day of the weekend and the usual day of the week for planned protests and demonstrations.

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