Egypt extends emergency state in N. Sinai by 3 months

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi extended by three months a state of emergency imposed in some parts of restive North Sinai, state-run MENA news agency reported on Wednesday.

An Egyptian army tank is seen stationed outside a school taken over by soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula

Insurgents have killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen in Sinai since mid-2013 after the overthrow by then-military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi following mass protests against his rule.

The state of emergency extension, announced by now President Sisi in a written decree on Wednesday, will be implemented in Rafah, al-Arish, Sheikh Zuweid and surrounding areas starting retroactively from Tuesday and also extends a night-time curfew.

The measure was first introduced exactly one year ago after 33 security personnel were killed in an attack at a checkpoint in northern Sinai. It was extended by three months in January, April, and July.

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