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Curfews reduced in volatile Egyptian cities

Arab World Materials 31 January 2013 12:46
Egyptian authorities have reduced a night curfew imposed by President Mohammed Morsi on three restive cities, state media reported Thursday.
Curfews reduced in volatile Egyptian cities

Egyptian authorities have reduced a night curfew imposed by President Mohammed Morsi on three restive cities, state media reported Thursday.

Governors of Port Said and Suez decided to reduce the curfew, imposed after deadly violence, from nine hours to four, according to the report.

The governor of Ismailia, the third city affected by the curfew, announced Wednesday that the measure would apply only for three hours, dpa reported.

Morsi authorized local administrators on Tuesday to decide whether to keep the curfew.

Angry residents in the three Suez Canal cities have defied the curfew since it was imposed Sunday, holding street protests and football matches past midnight.

More than 45 people were killed in anti-government protests in the three cities last week, when Egypt was hit by a wave of violence on the second anniversary of an uprising that toppled Hosny Mubarak.

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