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Egypt to extend state of emergency for 3 months

Members of Egyptian Armed Forces take security measures around the Sanctuaries of Christians as part of the Christmas celebrations in Cairo, Egypt on December 26, 2017 [Egyptian Armed Forces / Handout - Anadolu Agency]
Members of Egyptian Armed Forces take security measures around the Sanctuaries of Christians as part of the Christmas celebrations in Cairo, Egypt on December 26, 2017 [Egyptian Armed Forces / Handout - Anadolu Agency]

Egypt's parliament approved on Sunday the extension of a nationwide state of emergency for three months from July 14.

Egypt imposed the emergency in 2017 after two church bombings killed at least 45 people. It was last extended in April.

Egypt faces a Daesh insurgency in the remote North Sinai region that has killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen in recent years and has expanded to include attacks on civilians.

Other militant operating in the western desert bordering Libya have also attacked security forces.

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