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Egyptians queue to withdraw money in Alexandria

A small sense of financial normalcy has returned to many Egyptian cities, as the banks opened and citizens queued to withdraw their cash.

Traffic is slowly returning to the streets and many shops also re-opened on Sunday, for the first time in many days. The Egyptian Central Bank despatched more than $850m to banks around the country and, for the moment, Egyptians are limited to withdrawing $8,500 per day.

The stock market will remain closed until at least Wednesday.

Amira Ahmed is the Business Editor at the Daily News in Cairo and she told the BBC that although there were queues, there was not a run on the banks.

  • 07 Feb 2011