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Egypt military deploys buses for public use to counter fuel price rise

Egypt's defense minister has ordered military transport buses to deploy for use by the public in Cairo's twin city to alleviate the effect of rising fares following a steep hike in fuel prices.

The Monday decision by Gen. Sedki Sobhi was posted on the Facebook page of the Armed Forces official spokesman. It said buses will transport the public from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Giza, which has some of the area's poorest neighborhoods. The decision didn't say how long the buses will run for, or whether there will be a nominal fee.

This weekend's steep fuel price hikes — as much as 80 percent — shocked commuters and drivers. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has repeatedly urged Egyptians to make sacrifices, said the partial lifting of subsidies was unavoidable.