The Curfew Hours

Egyptian Streets

By Alice Tegle, correspondent, EgyptianStreets.com

With Egypt on curfew, daily routines can quickly into dangerous encounters. A packet of biscuits nearly killed 24-year-old Amin Abu Hashem.

“Well…Today I was shot at”, said Amin Abu Hashem to Egyptian Streets during the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Friday of rage”.

He is on the phone from his house in El-Nahda square where weeks of violence between the Muslim Brotherhood and the military culminated in Wednesday´s bloodshed. At least 87 people were killed meters from his apartment.

“A guy was behind a shed the workers use for coffee breaks. Suddenly I heard the sound of a shotgun,” said Amin before momentarily pausing.

“I dodged the bullet, felt it fly by and I hurried back inside.”

The sound of gunfire has filled the streets of Cairo the past two days. Amin had watched the sit-ins evolve from his window before they were dispersed by security forces on August 14.

“I…

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