Egypt shortens curfew by two hours

Egypt is to shorten its night-time curfew by two hours, pushing back the start time to 9:00 pm except on Fridays, the premier`s office said on Saturday.

Last Updated: Aug 24, 2013, 23:04 PM IST

Cairo: Egypt is to shorten its night-time curfew by two hours, pushing back the start time to 9:00 pm except on Fridays, the premier`s office said on Saturday.

"To lessen the burden on citizens and respond to popular request, the length of the curfew will be shortened and will begin at 9:00 pm instead of 7:00 pm," it said in a statement.

The curfew will continue to end at 6:00 am, the statement said, adding that the changes would go into effect immediately but would not apply on Fridays.

Friday is a traditional day of protests, which usually begin after weekly Muslim prayers in the afternoon.

Egyptian authorities imposed the night-time curfew on 14 provinces on August 14, after violence erupted as security forces cleared supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi from two protest camps in Cairo.

AFP