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Egyptian army closes squares for third day running to prevent Brotherhood protests

February 5, 2014 at 2:12 am

Media sources in Egypt have reported that the army has closed three major squares for the third day running. Tahrir Square, Mustafa Mahmud Square and Abdel Moneim Riad Square have been shut down along with all streets leading to them in order to prevent any popular protests in Cairo organised by the Muslim Brotherhood and Pro-Legitimacy Alliance.

“Calmness prevailed in Tahrir Square this morning,” said Al Masry Al Youm, “as the Egyptian army continued to close off all streets leading to Tahrir Square.” Troops were reinforced to prevent any protests taking place spontaneously. Tanks and other armoured vehicles were used to block the streets.

According to the newspaper, the army only allowed pedestrians to enter Tahrir Square after checking their identity documents and searching them.