EOS Alerts 29-4-2019
Egypt: Parliament Extends National State of Emergency for Another Three Months
On 25 April 2019, the Egyptian parliament approved the nationwide state of emergency for a further three months, aimed at pushing armed groups out of the Sinai Peninsula, parts of the Nile Delta and the Western Delta. The renewed order covers the period between 25 April and 25 July. This marks the eighth time in a row that the state of emergency has been extended since it was declared in April 2017. Per the parliament’s decision, the armed forces and police will maintain security throughout the country, protect public and private property and take necessary measures to counter terrorism.
Although attacks generally take place within the Sinai Peninsula, they have occurred elsewhere in the country, including in major metropolitan areas in Cairo. The Egyptian Government maintains a heavy security presence at major tourist sites in and around greater Cairo and Alexandria; at Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada, Marsa Alam and other beach resorts on the Red Sea and the Mediterranean coast; and at many of the major temples and archaeological sites located in and around the Nile Valley cities of Luxor and Aswan, including Abu Simbel. Attacks are generally directed at security forces, government buildings, police stations, metro stations, universities and tourist destinations. Exercise particular caution in and around these areas and report any suspicious activity to the authorities.
Avoid all travel in North and South Sinai governorates and to refrain from travelling near to security and government forces, infrastructure and personnel and to religious infrastructure or places of worship. Islamic State are known to have a stronghold in the Sinai Peninsula and carry out terror attacks at an alarming rate. Attacks on security forces have been frequent in the Peninsula since the army ousted the Muslim Brotherhood from power in 2013.