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Egypt unrest leads to food shortages

Jan. 31, 2011 at 6:28 PM   |   Comments

CAIRO, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Unrest in Egypt has unsettled daily life and created household shortages of food stables such as bread, beans and rice, some Egyptians say.

The street demonstrations have made family members unwilling or unable to shop for food items, CNN reported Monday.

"Everything is running out. I have three children, and I only have enough to feed them for maybe two more days. After that I do not know what we will do," school administrator Gamalat Gadalla said.

The widespread protests of the past week have resulted in sporadic food shipments and irregular hours for grocers. President Hosni Mubarak has also extended the 3 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew, disrupting normal life even more, CNN said.

"With the curfew, there are no restaurants, food or gas. Basic goods will soon be in shortage," an Egyptian blogger who goes by the moniker Sandmonkey said via Twitter.

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