Egypt extends state of emergency by three months

Egypt extends state of emergency by three months
Egypt's state of emergency has once again been extended, close to a year after the deadly bombings of two Coptic churches in Cairo.
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15 April, 2018
Egypt has been under emergency laws since April 2017 [AFP]

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has extended Egypt's state of emergency for another three months.

The decree says the armed forces and police should take all necessary measures "to confront the threats and funding of terrorism and maintain security throughout the country." It was published on Saturday in the official gazette.

The state of emergency has been in place since April 2017 after bombings struck two Coptic Christian churches on Palm Sunday, later claimed by the extremist Islamic State group.

In February, Egypt began a wide-scale anti-militant operation mainly in the restive Sinai Peninsula, the epicenter of a years-long militant Islamist insurgency. It involves land, sea and air forces and covers parts of Egypt's Nile Delta and the Western Desert, along the porous border with Libya.