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Egyptian authorities cancel Eid prayer in popular squares

February 5, 2014 at 2:12 am

Fearing mass protests, Egypt’s Awqaf Ministry has limited the number of gathering places for the Eid Al-Adha prayer this year.

This decision came after a previous move that banned all preachers who are not graduates from the Al-Azhar University from delivering Friday speeches, fearing incitement against the current authorities.

The number of squares where the Eid prayers are usually performed every year is 209, while this year’s number will only be 190.

The places that were deleted from the approved list are well-known and popular squares. These include the squares in front of the famous mosques Al-Qaed Ibrahim, Sidi Bisher and Al-Raml in Alexandria.