16 October 2018 Egypt extends state of emergency

Egypt has extended its state of emergency for another three months. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s latest renewal was published in the official gazette on 16 October. Parliament is expected to approve it within seven days, and it has already taken effect. The government declared a state of emergency after an Islamic State affiliate bombed two Coptic churches in April 2017, killing at least 44 people, and it has already been renewed once. Egypt has been battling Islamic militants for years, mainly in the restive northern Sinai. The militants have mainly targeted security forces and Christians.