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The apparent collapse of Egypt’s security forces in the face of mounting protests in Cairo and Port Said features prominently in Arab news outlets Wednesday.

“Egypt: Security dissatisfaction in the confrontation areas,” reads the headline of London-based daily Al-Hayat, which features a photo of helmeted policemen trying to control a riot in Port Said on Tuesday. The daily reports that members of the National Security agency (formerly the infamous State Security) in the Nile Delta province of Daqahliya went on strike, as protesters in the nearby city of Port Said torched the ground floor of the local security building.

Qatari news station Al-Jazeera reports that despite the security disarray in Port Said, the military received no instructions to intervene. According to the station’s correspondent, the angry protesters are demanding that the city be entirely turned over to the military.

According to Al-Hayat, local police officers warned of a complete security collapse in Port Said following the torching of the local security building, which would allow “thugs” to dominate the city.

Protests re-erupted in the northern Egyptian city after reports that local prisoners — convicted of involvement in bloody soccer thuggery — would be transferred to a different prison outside the city.

 

Protests re-erupted in the northern Egyptian city after reports that local prisoners — convicted of involvement in bloody soccer thuggery — would be transferred to a different prison outside the city.

 

Al-Quds Al-Arabi leads its front page news on Wednesday with another aspect of the security chaos. The Arab League, based near Tahrir Square in central Cairo, was forced to move its meetings to a location near the airport in the city outskirts since the Tahrir area was deemed unsafe.

 

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