CAIRO, Egypt, Egypt started the implementation of a renewed nationwide state of emergency, as well as, a partial curfew in parts of North Sinai, north-eastern Cairo, for three months each, over security challenges, according to two separate decrees, published on the country’s official gazette earlier in Jan.

The first time Egyptian President, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, imposed a three-month nationwide state of emergency was in Apr, 2017, following a twin-bombing at two churches in the northern provinces of Gharbiya and Alexandria, that killed at least 47 and wounded over 120.

On the other hand, a constantly renewed partial three-month state of emergency and a curfew, have been imposed on some parts of North Sinai province, bordering Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip, since Oct, 2014, after a terror attack on a military checkpoint there killed at least 33 soldiers.

Terror attacks had been centred in restive North Sinai, before spreading to several provinces, including the capital, Cairo, and starting to target the Coptic minority, via church bombings.

Most of the attacks were claimed by the so-called Wilayat Sinai (Sinai state or province), a Sinai-based group, affiliated with the Daesh regional terrorist group.

Terrorism in Egypt did not stop at targeting security men and Copts, as a terrorist operation last month, against a mosque in North Sinai’s Arish city, killed at least 310 Muslim worshippers and injured over 120 others, marking deadliest terror attack, and the first against a Muslim mosque in Egypt’s modern history.