Egypt government considers lifting curfew before Eid al-Adha

CAIRO: The Egyptian government is considering lifting the curfew in place in many Egyptian governorates since August 14 before Eid al-Adha in mid-October, according to London-based Al-Hayat newspaper.

The newspaper added on Saturday that security reports underlined the improvement in the security situation, stressing that the Muslim Brotherhood has lost its ability to rally the people.

The Egyptian cabinet imposed the curfew in the aftermath of the dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins by force on August 14. It began from 7pm and ended at 6am. The curfew was gradually reduced, except on Fridays, which remains under curfew from 7pm to 5am.

Moreover, Al-Hayat said traders and manufacturers called on the government to end the current curfew during negotiations aiming to control soaring prices. They stressed that the measure will lead to containing the costs of transportation, and consequently contribute to controlling the prices.

Al-Hayat quoted the sources as saying they expected the curfew to be lifted before Eid al-Adha, which will begin Oct. 13 or 14.


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