1986 Egyptian Conscription Riot

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On February 25, 1986, around 17,000 Egyptian conscripts of the Central Security Forces (CSF), Egyptian para-military force, staged violent protests in and around Cairo. The riot came as a reaction to the rumour that their three-year service would be prolonged by one additional year.

The incited conscripts targeted tourist areas and destroyed two hotels. The regime of Mubarak relied on the Egyptian army, thus when the poorly paid and poorly armed CSF mutinied,[1] the army was sent in to restore order.

The riot lasted for 3 days and a total of 107 people died, according to official reports.[2]

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  1. ^ H.Frisch, Guns and butter in the Egyptian Army, p.6. Middle East Review of International Affairs, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Summer 2001).
  2. ^ Europa Publications Limited, The Middle East & North Africa, Volume 50: p.303