On Saturday, the Egyptian government issued a decree to extend the state of emergency in parts of the northern Sinai for another three months. The decision was followed by a bomb explosion on Sunday morning in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, leaving at least 18 Egyptian soldiers wounded.
The decision, announced by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab in a written decree on Saturday, will be implemented in Rafah, al-Arish, Sheikh Zuweid and surrounding areas. It was first imposed nine months ago in an attempt to contain attacks by militants seeking to overthrow the government. The decree also includes the extension of a night-time curfew.
Egypt’s al-Youm al-Sabea Daily reported that the bombing incident occurred as a response to the decree on Sunday morning when a vehicle carrying Egyptian troops hit a roadside bomb in the Kholafaa area of the city of el-Arish in the North Sinai province.
Medical sources at el-Arish military hospital said they have received the wounded soldiers for treatment, adding that their injuries are not fatal.
According to Press TV, no group has claimed responsibility for the bombing but it bears the hallmark of militants affiliated to the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group.
Additional restrictions within the region have also had dire effects on journalists, as they have limited access to information from independent sources in the area.