Egypt removes nighttime curfew as security shows signs of improving
Egypt's three-hour nighttime curfew ends Wednesday, following weeks of military-imposed restrictions on late-night activities that have been in place since the height of protests against former President Hosny Mubarak, DPA reported.
Following Mubarak's resignation in February, a three-hour curfew from 2 am to 5 am had been in effect in the capital Cairo, the coastal city of Alexandria and the eastern city of Suez, where some of the violent protests took place.
The military did not strictly-impose the curfew, although military checkpoints were set-up to deter overnight movement.
The curfew was first ordered by Mubarak January 28 in a bid to quell protests against his regime, on the same day the deposed leader ordered the military deployed nationwide after bloody clashes between police and protesters.
At the height of protests, the curfew was imposed 17 hours a day amid prison escapes, looting and a lack of security across the country for several days.
However, the Interior Ministry said it has arrested thousands of prisoners who escaped under unclear circumstances during the unrest. Police have also been redeployed throughout most of the country alongside continued military street-presence.