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Egypt extends nationwide state of emergency for three months

Egypt extends nationwide state of emergency for three months

Egypt faces an Islamic State insurgency in the remote North Sinai region that has killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen in recent years and has expanded to include attacks on civilians.

Eight Egyptian soldiers and 14 jihadis were killed Saturday when militants attacked an army camp, just hours after Egypt extended its state of emergency for the fourth time since past year.

The attacks, mainly targeting police and military, increased after ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by military following massive protests against his rule.

Refaei said that the forces engaged with them with different weapons, while the suicide bombers denoted themselves around the camp killing eight soldiers, and injuring 15 others. According the Egyptian constitution, a state of emergency can not exceed six months from its date of declaration and decrees imposing or extending it should be approved by the parliament. His order came after an attack on a mosque that left more than 300 dead.

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The military launched what it said was a major operation against the militants in February, a month before Sisi was re-elected in a vote featuring just one other candidate, a strong supporter of the president.

A nationwide state of emergency was first imposed in April previous year after two church bombings claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 45 people, and was renewed in July, in October and in January. The emergency decree was subsequently renewed in July and October 2017 and January 2018.

It would take place in areas including around the town of Rafah bordering the Palestinian Gaza Strip, and around El-Arish, the capital of North Sinai, according to the gazette.


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