Egypt: State of emergency is not renewed

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THE President of Egypt Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that it will not renew the state of emergency in which the country was declared more than four years ago, on the occasion of the deadly attacks against Coptic churches.

“Egypt has become, thanks to its great people and its faithful men, an oasis of security and stability in the region,” he said. Sisi in his official account at Facebook. “That is why I decided to cancel the renewal of the state of emergency throughout the country,” he added.

A state of emergency was declared across the country in April 2017 following the bloody attacks on churches, for which he claimed responsibility. Islamic state (ΙΚ). Since 2014, its peninsula was in a state of emergency Sinai, due to the action of its armed branch ΙΚ in the area. In some regions, at northern Sinai, a traffic ban also applies from seven in the afternoon.

The army and police have been conducting since February 2018 at Sinai a large counter-terrorism operation. Similar operations are also carried out in places in the western desert, between its valley Nile and the border with Libya.

The state of emergency significantly expands the powers of the police with regard to arrests, surveillance and travel bans.

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