Bahrain Lessens Nightly Curfew in Capital

Mar 23, 2011, 17:21 ET from

MANAMA, Bahrain, March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bahrain said today it is easing the curfew here, amidst an improving security situation, reports

The General Command of the Bahrain Defence Force announced that the curfew hours for select areas in the capital city of Manama were being cut to just six hours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bahrain's military rulers originally imposed a 12-hour curfew which was cut to eight hours last week.

Now the curfew will run just six hours until further notice, the statement said. It added that the reason for the relaxation of the curfew was "due to the improvement in security situation in the mentioned area."

Bahrain's Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa said on Monday that his country would emerge stronger from the uprisings.

He said the kingdom would "overcome the current circumstance" thanks to the wise leadership of King Hamad as well as the "resolve and patriotism of the Bahraini people."

"The kingdom will emerge stronger and more determined," he said in comments published by state news agency BNA.