State of emergency in Egyptian cities following new violence
President Mohammed Morsi has declared a state of emergency in three Egyptian cities after new violence. At least six people were killed and hundreds injured in the canal city of Port Said during clashes with police.
In a televised address Sunday evening, Morsi declared a state of emergency in Port Said, Suez and Ismailia. The three cities will have a curfew imposed “for 30 days starting at midnight (2200 GMT Sunday)” the president said.
“I find the nation facing dangers, I will have to take stricter measures. This is my duty,” said Morsi.
The president also invited Egypt’s opposition forces to a dialogue starting on Monday.
Unrest in Port Said
Crowds tried to storm three police stations Sunday and others torched an army social club, looting items inside, security officials said.
One of victims was an 18-year-old male who died of gunshot wounds to the chest Port Said’s head of hospitals, Abdel Rahman Farag, told the Reuters news agency.