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Morsi Declares Emergency After Riots In Egyptian Provinces

JANUARY 28, 2013

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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has declared emergency in three provinces affected by rioting which left dozens dead. The emergency would come into effect in Port Said, Suez and Ismailiya for 30 days. Curfews would be there from 9:00 pm until 6:00 am in all these provinces.



The emergency comes after the riots rocked Port Said on Sunday, sparked by death sentences given by a court against those convicted over deadly football riots last year. Crowds tried to storm three police stations in the Suez Canal city and also looted and torched an army social club. The latest casualties, among them a teenager, adds to the toll of 31 people killed in the city.



The Tahrir Square -- heart of the 2011 uprising that toppled Mubarak -- also continued to witness trouble sporadically during the day.


The National Salvation Front, led by Nobel Peace laureate Mohammed ElBaradei, former Arab League boss Amr Mussa and left politician Hamdeen Sabbahi, has warned that it will boycott the upcoming parliamentary polls unless the causes of the violence are addressed.


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