Egypt to extend Sinai state of emergency


An Egyptian military vehicle is seen on the highway in northern Sinai, Egypt on May 25, 2015. Clashes in Sinai with IS militants have left scores dead.

KAMPALA – Egyptian authorities have announced that they intend to extend the state of emergency in the restive Sinai peninsula for another three months.

Al Ahram English daily reported that Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail will address MPs ‎on security conditions in North Sinai ‎on Tuesday.

This follows the government officially informing ‎parliament of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s decision ‎to extend the state of emergency. ‎

The emergency measures are to ‎be imposed in areas including the region from the east of ‎Rafah Hill to El-Awga west of the city of El-Arish.

As part of the state of emergency, a nightly curfew from 7pm to 6am will be imposed on El Arish and any citizen found guilty of ‎violating it could face imprisonment. ‎

A state of emergency was first imposed in Sinai in August 2013 by then-interim President Adly ‎Mansour, after violent unrest engulfed Egypt ‎following the ouster of the democratically elected Islamist President Mohamed ‎Morsi.

Hundreds of security and army personnel have ‎been killed in North Sinai since 2013, with Ansar Beit Al-‎Maqdis, an Islamist militant group affiliated with the Islamic State, declaring ‎responsibility for most attacks, reported Al Ahram.

The security forces in turn have killed many of the extremists and demolished homes on Al Arish’s border with Gaza.