Egypt night curfew imposed

2013-08-14 18:33
A man waves an Egyptian flag on a building rooftop as hundreds of thousands flood Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square to demonstrate against ousted President Mohammed Morsi. (Mohamed el-Shahed, AFP)

A man waves an Egyptian flag on a building rooftop as hundreds of thousands flood Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square to demonstrate against ousted President Mohammed Morsi. (Mohamed el-Shahed, AFP)

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Cairo - Egypt's government has slapped a month long night curfew on Cairo and 10 provinces.

Wednesday's decision was announced shortly after interim President Adly Mansour declared a month long, nationwide state of emergency and ordered the army to back the police in efforts to restore order.

Violence spread across much of the country after police swept in with armoured vehicles, bulldozers and helicopters to clear two encampments of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. At least 95 people have been killed, many of them in the assaults on the two vigils.

The night curfew affects provinces in southern Egypt where supporters of the Islamist Morsi are strong, like Bani Suef, Assiut and Minya. Christian churches and property in the three provinces have also been the target of attacks.

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