Egypt's parliament approves 3-month further emergency state

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-04 23:31:38|Editor: yan
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CAIRO, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The Egyptian parliament approved on Tuesday a three-month extension of a state of emergency due to the security challenges facing the country, official MENA news agency reported.

The parliament speaker said during a general session on Tuesday that he had been informed by the prime minister of the decision of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to extend the nationwide state of emergency for another three months.

The extension starts from Monday evening, July 10.

Sisi imposed the first three-month nationwide state of emergency in April following a twin bombings at two churches in northern provinces of Gharbiya and Alexandria killed at least 47 and wounded over 120.

A similar suicide bombing at a Cairo church in December 2016 killed at least 28 worshippers.

Egypt has been suffering a rising wave of terrorist activities following the military removal of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule.