CAIRO: The state of emergency in North Sinai territories has been extended for three months, per a Saturday presidential decree.
In the eastern part of the governorate, it will be applied starting Rafah’s hill and Al Ouga town, while from the west it will be in effect from western Arish to the Al-Halal Mountain. A curfew will also remain in place in the mentioned territories.
The state of emergency was originally implemented in late October 2014, following an attack in Arish that killed over 30 soldiers. In response to the attack, the military escalated counter terrorism campaigns in the area, and announced it would implement a buffer zone along the Rafah border with the Gaza Strip, which required the displacement of more than 1,000 families.