Egypt ex­tends state of emer­gency

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CAIRO: Egypt’s Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah El-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 Daesh that killed at least 45 peo­ple.

The state of emer­gency was then re­newed on July 10.

The ter­ror­ist 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.

Ter­ror­ists also claimed a Cairo church bomb­ing in De­cem­ber that killed 29 peo­ple.

The emer­gency law ex­pands po­lice pow­ers of ar­rest, sur­veil­lance and seizures and can limit free­dom of move­ment.

Egypt had been ruled for decades un­der a state of emer­gency, which was can­celed a month be­fore Mo­hammed Mursi took over as the pres­i­dent in 2012.

Fol­low­ing Mursi’s over­throw by El-Sisi, then an army chief, in 2013, a state of emer­gency was de­clared for a month af­ter clashes between po­lice and rad­i­cal pro­test­ers that killed hun­dreds and af­ter ex­trem­ist mobs at­tacked Chris­tian prop­er­ties.

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