CAIRO: Security forces closed the iconic Tahrir Square to traffic Wednesday afternoon citing security reasons, shortly after defusing an explosive device nearby, Youm7 reported.
The square was reopened to traffic Tuesday after a 2-day closure during the fourth anniversary of the Jan. 25 Revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
Security sources told Youm7 the closure is “precautionary.”
Security forces have closed all entrances of the square with military vehicles, barbed wire and sharp metal spikes and have reinforced its presence in front of the Egyptian Museum, which overlooks the square, sources told Youm7 Wednesday.
The Interior Ministry announced Saturday that no gatherings would be allowed at Tahrir Square on the fourth anniversary of the January 25 Revolution.
At least 23 died in the violence which erupted across the country on Sunday, while the Interior Ministry announced the arrest of 516.