Severity: Informational Alert

Security: Nationwide state of emergency in Egypt extended for another three months starting April 28. Heightened security likely.

This alert affects Egypt

This alert began 28 Apr 2020 00:26 GMT and is scheduled to expire 28 Jul 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: State of Emergency
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through July 28
  • Impact: Increased deployment of security forces personnel, monitoring of electronic communications, restrictions on public gatherings

Summary
A presidential decree has extended the nationwide state of emergency in Egypt through at least July 28. Officials introduced the measure, that comes into effect April 28, due to the country's ongoing security concerns in addition to the current health crisis resulting from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The declaration allows for increased deployment of security personnel, monitoring, and censorship of online communications, and additional powers to arrest and imprison those suspected of having intentions to harm national security. Security will likely remain heightened near potential terrorist targets - including government and military installations, tourist venues, and Coptic Christian places of worship. Police may establish checkpoints and roadblocks near such locations, likely prompting associated ground transport disruptions in their vicinity.

Background and Analysis
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will likely repeatedly extend the nationwide state of emergency for the foreseeable future, as militancy remains a threat throughout the country. El-Sisi first imposed the state of emergency in April 2017, after Islamic State (IS) militants targeted churches in Alexandria and Tanta in twin bombings. Counterterrorism efforts have remained a primary concern following the initial implementation of the law. In February 2018, el-Sisi announced the launch of a large-scale military operation dubbed "Operation Sinai 2018," which aims to eradicate militancy. The operation was announced at the expiration of a three-month deadline President el-Sisi had imposed for eliminating militancy in the Sinai Peninsula following an attack on a Sufi mosque in Bir el-Abed, November 2017 that left more than 300 people dead.

Advice
Follow the instructions of security personnel; be courteous and nonconfrontational. Ensure travel documents are available at all times. Maintain contact with diplomatic missions.


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