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Egypt relaxes curfew hours as unrest fades

Egypt's army-backed government shortened a night-time curfew by two hours on Saturday.

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's army-backed government shortened a night-time curfew by two hours on Saturday, 10 days after imposing it during a fierce crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protesters in Cairo. sure et

Effective immediately, the curfew will last from 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) to 6 a.m., except on Fridays, when it will still start at 7 p.m., the cabinet said in a statement.

It said the decision had been taken "to lighten the burden on citizens and in response to popular demand".

Protests are commonly held on Fridays, the first day of the Egyptian weekend, following noon Muslim prayers.

The authorities imposed the curfew on August 14 when police destroyed Brotherhood protest camps in Cairo set up to demand the reinstatement of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. They said the curfew would stay in place for at least a month.

Pro-Mursi protests on a "Friday of Martyrs" called by the Brotherhood and its allies did not draw huge crowds into the streets and there was relatively little violence, although one man was reported killed in the Nile Delta town of Tanta.

According to government figures, more than 1,000 people have been killed across Egypt, including about 100 soldiers and police, since the army deposed Mursi on July 3. The Brotherhood says the death toll is much higher.

(Writing by Alistair Lyon; editing by Tom Pfeiffer)

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