Curfew to start at 9pm from Saturday

The number of curfew hours will be decreased starting Saturday, an official stated on Thursday, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm. The cabinet decided on Wednesday that the curfew will start at 9 pm instead of 7 pm, but will continue to end at 6 am, the privately owned paper said.

During the cabinet meeting, a number of ministers demanded the declaration of the decision be delayed until after Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations scheduled for Friday, the official informed the paper.

The source added that the government considers allowing cargo trucks to circulate during curfew as way to alleviate the rising prices of commodities.

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces called upon Egyptian citizens to abide by the curfew hours to achieve security and stability.

The cabinet enforced the curfew after the forcible dispersal on August 14 of the Rabea al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins. During the dispersals and in the nationwide clashes they triggered, over 600 people were killed and thousands injured. 

The curfew applies to 14 governorates, including Cairo, Alexandria, and Fayoum.

Observers have warned of the negative effect the curfew, which involves shutting down the railways from Cairo to Alexandria and Aswan, is having on health care provision, food stocks and prices, and job security.

Earlier today 20 people were arrested in Cairo for breaking the curfew. The detainees were allegedly carrying firearms and gas masks, privately owned Al-Shorouk newspaper reported.

The assailants were arrested between Wayli district and Sayeda Zeinab, where residents helped the police make the arrests, the paper added.       

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