Transportation Ministry awaits security approval to resume train routes

The transportation ministry is ready to resume regular train schedules and is just waiting for approval from security authorities, according to Transportation Minister Ibrahim el-Demeiry. Trains across the country have been suspended since the forced dispersal of Morsi supporters’ sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda squares on August 14.

Demeiry said the security of stations along the railway lines needs to be ensured before trains resume, to protect the lives of passengers and also to avoid any form of sabotage. He said movement will resume as soon as the ministry receives approval from the security authorities.

“Protecting the passengers’ lives is our main target,” the minister said in a press conference during a visit to a factory that produces train cars.

Egypt’s interim government imposed a curfew on Aug. 14, when the interim cabinet re-introduced a state of emergency including a daily curfew from 7pm to 6am in 14 governorates for one month.

On Aug. 24 the curfew was pushed back until 9pm, and then eased further to 11pm until 6am beginning Saturday evening, according to state media. On Fridays, however, the curfew will remain at 7pm, as Friday has become the usual protest day.

This decision was announced after Friday’s rallies, staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, witnessed a spattering of violence and relatively low turnout in comparison to previous mass demonstrations.

Translated from Youm7.

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