Egypt extends emergency for second time
CAIRO: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al Sisi extended for the second time a state of emergency first declared following deadly church bombings in April, in a decree issued in the official gazette on Thursday. The renewed three-month state of emergency will start on Friday, according to the decree. “The armed forces and the police will take the necessary measures to confront the dangers of terrorism,” it said.
Parliament approved the initial state of emergency in April after the two church bombings claimed by the IS group that killed at least 45 people.
The state of emergency was then renewed on July 10.
The fighter group said it was behind the bombings in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria, and it threatened further attacks against Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority. Fighters also claimed a Cairo church bombing in December that killed 29 people.