Egypt to extend state of emergency for 3 months - official gazette


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.

Egypt's army said jihadists wearing explosive belts tried to storm a military camp in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, April 14 in an assault that left 8 soldiers and 14 attackers dead.

The security forces have arrested suspects and demolished houses that belong to terrorists, including those facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip.

President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt has issued a resolution extending a state of emergency across the country for another three months.

The decree to extend the state of emergency, which was signed by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, says that the extension is to "allow the Armed Forces and police to undertake necessary measures to face the dangers of terrorism and its funding, safeguard security nationwide, secure private and public property, and protect the lives of citizens".

Eight army personnel were also killed while 15 others were injured during the attack, the armed forces said in a statement.

El-Sissi first imposed a countrywide state of emergency in April 2017 after IS militants carried out two church bombings on Palm Sunday, killing at least 45 people. These anti-terror units continue to launch raids targeting terrorist hideouts, as well as arms and ammunition warehouses in Northern and Central Sinai, according to the statement. It was extended in July and again in October then January.

On Saturday, the army said it killed 27 takfiris during the past few days.