Egypt's Morsi declares emergency in 3 provinces

6:43 PM, Jan 27, 2013   |    comments
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CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's president has declared a 30-day state of emergency and curfew in the three Suez Canal provinces hit hardest by a wave of political violence that has left more than 50 dead in three days.

An angry Mohammed Morsi vowed in a televised address on Sunday he would not hesitate to take more action to stem the latest eruption of violence across much of the country.

The three provinces are Port Said, Ismailiya and Suez.

Morsi spoke after police and protesters battled again in Port Said (sy-EED'), leaving seven dead. The clash occurred during a funeral procession for most of 37 people killed in rioting yesterday.

Port Said violence broke out after a court on Saturday sentenced 21 defendants to death for their roles in a mass soccer riot in the city's stadium nearly a year ago. The Feb. 1, 2012 riot left 74 people dead. Most of those sentenced were local soccer fans.

Morsi is also inviting the nation's political forces to a dialogue starting Monday to resolve the country's latest crisis.

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