Egypt's government on Wednesday declared a curfew in Cairo and 10 other provinces in a bid to contain nationwide violence following a crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

The curfew was to begin at 7:00 pm (1700 GMT), before sunset, and run until 6:00 am (0400 GMT), a government spokesman said in a statement read out on state television.

It applies to the provinces of Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Beni Sueif, Menya, Assiut, Sohag, Beheira, North Sinai, South Sinai and Suez.

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