Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has declared a 30-day state of emergency in Egypt after ongoing clashes and protests led to the deaths of 48 people and left hundreds injured. Three people were killed in the town of Port Said on Sunday.
Morsi also set curfews in Port Said, Suez, Ismailia, where there have been clashes.
January 27, 2013
Police tear-gassed protesters Cairo on Monday as clashes still gripped Egypt despite a state of emergency being declared. Some 50 people have died in five days of unrest, and there are reports of yet another death near Tahrir Square.
But the violent unrest has continued, leading many to believe a curfew will also be imposed on the capital. Police again fired teargas at rock-throwing protesters in Tahrir Square and one person was killed in clashes near the iconic venue, AFP reported Monday morning.
Egypt: Army to assist police in maintaining order
Egypt’s Shura Council, the upper house of the Egyptian parliament, has authorized a government proposed law that would enable the army to assist the police in maintaining public order, as well as making arrests, according to reports by Egyptian news agency MENA. (Roi Kais)
Egypt army head warns of ‘state collapse’
Egypt is headed toward a “collapse” that will impact “future generations” due to continuing violence and unrest, said President Mohammed Morsi appointee, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, on Tuesday.
His assessment on the army’s official Facebook page comes on the heels of deadly protests and mounting economic woes; Reuters reports 52 have been killed in scuffles in just the past week. The deadliest areas of Egypt are now along the Suez Canal, where Mr. Morsi declared states of emergency and the military has deployed to enforce peace.
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