The Straits Times
Published on Jan 28, 2013

Mursi declares emergency, curfews in Egypt


CAIRO (AFP) - President Mohamed Mursi on Sunday declared a state of emergency in three provinces hit by rioting which has left dozens dead, warning he was ready to take further steps to confront threats to Egypt's security.

Emergency measures would come into effect in the provinces of Port Said, Suez and Ismailia "for 30 days starting at midnight", Mr Mursi said in an address on state television.

Curfews would be imposed on the same three provinces from 9.00am until 6.00pm, he added.

Mr Mursi's comments came after rioting sparked by death sentences being passed on football fans for deadly violence in 2012 rocked Port Said for a second straight day on Sunday, leaving another six people dead and more than 460 injured, according to medics.