Egypt to impose curfew on parts of North Sinai — official gazette

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi gave the armed forces three months to end the insurgency after militants killed more than 300 people at a mosque in North Sinai in November.(Reuters)
Updated 12 January 2018
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Egypt to impose curfew on parts of North Sinai — official gazette

CAIRO: Egypt will impose a curfew on parts of the North Sinai region starting on Saturday after the country extended its state of emergency, the official gazette said.
The curfew includes areas at the border town of Rafah near Gaza from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and around the town of Al-Arish from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., it said.
Egypt extended its state of emergency for three months last week to help tackle “the dangers and funding of terrorism.”
Egypt’s security forces have for years been battling a Daesh insurgency in North Sinai that has killed hundreds of soldiers and police and has also included civilian targets.
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi gave the armed forces three months to end the insurgency after militants killed more than 300 people at a mosque in North Sinai in November.
The curfew will continue as long as the state of emergency is still in place, the gazette said.


Muslim World League chief meets Lebanese religious leaders

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Muslim World League chief meets Lebanese religious leaders

  • Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa started his visit by meeting with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdullatif Durian
  • The secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) met with several religious leaders during his official visit to Lebanon

JEDDAH: The secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) met with religious leaders during his official visit to Lebanon.
Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa started his visit by meeting with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdullatif Durian.
Al-Issa also met with Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi. During the meeting, the secretary-general stressed the importance of dialogue in order to promote common values based on love, respect and cooperation, and to confront hatred.
He visited Elias Audi, Metropolitan bishop of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch. They discussed bilateral cooperation and coordination.
Al-Issa also met with the president of the Supreme Islamic Shia Council, Sheikh Abdul Amir Qabalan.
The secretary-general met with Druze spiritual leader Sheikh Al-Aql Naim Hassan. They discussed bilateral cooperation and coordination.
Al-Issa also met with Bishop Boulos Matar, Chaldean Bishop Michel Kasarji and Armenian Catholic Patriarch Krikor Bedros.