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Egypt imposes curfew ahead of revolution anniversary

Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly in Shanghai on 5 November 2018 [ALY SONG/AFP/Getty Images]
Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly in Shanghai on 5 November 2018 [ALY SONG/AFP/Getty Images]

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on Saturday issued a ministerial order imposing a partial curfew in some areas in the north of the Sinai Peninsula.

"A curfew will be imposed across the border district of Tal Rafah, and in Al-Arish city, starting from the western district of Al-Awja to Jabal Al-Halal in the west, moving forward to the Rafah borderline," the order read, according to official Al-Ahram.

The minister added that the curfew would start "from 19:00 until 06:00 the following day," explaining that it would begin at "01:00 to 05:00 in the morning in Al-Arish."

The minister pointed out that the decision would go into effect from "01:00 of Sunday 24 January until the end of the national state of emergency which was recently extended for an additional three months by the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi."

The move comes days before the anniversary of the 25 January Egyptian revolution, which toppled the regime of the late President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

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