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Egypt PM extends North Sinai curfew for three months

In October, the curfew was 11 hours overnight. However, it was later reduced to eight hours

Ahram Online , Sunday 26 Jul 2015
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Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab speaks during a a televised news conference at his office in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, July 5, 2014 (Photo: AP)
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Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab has extended for three months a curfew in North Sinai, according to a decree issued in the government’s official gazette on Saturday.

“There will be an extension of the state of emergency in the designated areas for three months starting from Sunday July 26, 2015,” the article stated.

The designated areas of the curfew include Rafah, Al-Arish and Sheikh Zuweid cities, and surrounding areas.

The curfew was first applied, on 25 October 2014, for three months but has been renewed a number of times. It was originally applied a day after 31 army personnel were killed and 30 injured in a car bomb attack.

In October, the curfew was 11 hours overnight. However, it was later reduced to eight hours.

In April, some local residents expressed their anger at the curfew via the Twitter hashtag #Enough_Curfew and detailed the difficulties it caused.

Egypt's army is fighting an Islamist insurrection based in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, which has heightened since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. The violence has largely targeted security forces, killing hundreds over the past two years.

Sinai Province, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, has claimed responsibility most of the assaults taking place in the peninsula.

 

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