Staff Brigadier General Ahmed Mohamed Wasfy, commander of the Second Field Army, ordered troops to secure Port Said schools, according to unnamed military sources Wednesday.
The sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the Armed Forces are keen to keep schools open, despite ongoing acts of civil disobedience and violent protests.
They added that security forces are determined to prevent “saboteurs and thugs” from closing schools and harming students.
Several troops have already been deployed, according to the sources.
Egyptian media are reporting that many students are too afraid to return to school due to deteriorating security conditions.
Footage from Al Jazeera program Mubasher Misr showed few students had returned to class in one school as of Tuesday.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm