CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi extended Wednesday the current state of emergency in parts of North Sinai for an additional three months, Youm7 reported.
“The state of emergency will be implemented in North Sinai’s cities Arish, Sheikh Zuwayed and Rafah and the surrounding areas of Rafah’s hill and Al Ouga town east of North Sinai and from western Arish to the Al-Halal Mountain to the east starting on Tuesday at 01:00 a.m,” a presidential statement read.
The state of emergency was imposed first in October 2014 following an attack that killed over 30 soldiers. It was extended three times before Tuesday.
According to the decision’s Article 2, a nighttime curfew is to be extended in the said areas. The curfew will be imposed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day, while in certain parts of Arish; the curfew will last from 01:00 a.m. to 06:00 a.m.
According to Article 3 of the decision, the army and the police are responsible for “fighting terrorism” in the peninsula, and those who violate the decision or resist it might face imprisonment.
An escalated military campaign is taking place in the peninsula to combat the rise of militancy, which has been targeting army and police posts and personnel since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.
Simultaneous attacks on military checkpoints in North Sinai were launched July 1, leaving 17 soldiers killed and some 30 injured.
The Sinai Province affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group, claimed responsibility of the attacks. The Sinai-based militant group, previously known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis before pledging allegiance to IS, has claimed responsibility for many attacks targeting the military in the peninsula.