Egypt shortens curfew by two hours

2013-08-24 20:39
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 is to shorten its night-time curfew by two hours, pushing back the start time to 21:00 except on Fridays, the premier's office said on Saturday.

"To lessen the burden on citizens and respond to popular request, the length of the curfew will be shortened and will begin at 21:00 instead of 19:00," it said in a statement.

The curfew will continue to end at 06:00, the statement said, adding that the changes would go into effect immediately but would not apply on Fridays.

Friday is a traditional day of protests, which usually begin after weekly Muslim prayers in the afternoon.

Egyptian authorities imposed the night-time curfew on 14 provinces on 14 August, after violence erupted as security forces cleared supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi from two protest camps in Cairo.

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