US News Egypt Declares State of Emergency After Fatal Church Attacks

03:45  10 april  2017
03:45  10 april  2017 Source:   Bloomberg

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Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has declared a state of emergency for three months after two suicide bombings killed scores of Christians in two church attacks on Palm Sunday. He accused countries he did not name of fuelling instability in Egypt

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced April 9 a three-month state of emergency after attacks on two Coptic churches killed at least 45 people, BBC reported. Egypt : Coptic Group Calls For Protests After Church Attack .

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stands and observes a minute of silence for the victims of two separate church attacks during Palm Sunday prayers, with leaders of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and the Supreme Council for Police to discuss developments in the security situation in Egypt, as well as developments in the country's fight against terrorism, at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, April 9, 2017. © The Egyptian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stands and observes a minute of silence for the victims of two separate church attacks during Palm Sunday prayers, with leaders of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and the Supreme Council for Police to discuss developments in the security situation in Egypt, as well as developments in the country's fight against terrorism, at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, April 9, 2017. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency and created a powerful new anti-terrorism body after Palm Sunday church bombings claimed by Islamic State left at least 43 dead.

Egypt church bombing kills at least 21

  Egypt church bombing kills at least 21 At least 21 people have been killed after a bomb exploded inside a packed Egyptian church as worshippers marked Palm Sunday, says the country's health ministry.Thirty-eight are also injured, said Magdi Awad, head of the provincial ambulance service. State television, meanwhile, put the number at 42.

Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has declared a state of emergency for three months after two suicide bombings killed scores of Christians in two church attacks on Palm Sunday. He accused countries he did not name of fuelling instability in Egypt

An Egyptian army member looks on at a scene after an attack by a suicide bomber in front of a church in Alexandria, Egypt , on Sunday. (REUTERS/Fawzy Abdel Hamied). CAIRO: President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency in Egypt following twin church bombings

Sunday’s declarations suggested a tougher approach to come against militants whose simmering war with the government has strained efforts to stabilize the country and revive an economy battered by years of unrest. Even before the new measures, Egypt’s onslaught against Islamists and other dissidents has been criticized by Western governments and human rights groups.

The attacks earlier in the day were the deadliest strike on the country’s Christian minority since El-Sisi was elected in 2014. They also reflected the potential for a troubling expansion of the militants’ theater of operations, at a time when Egyptians’ patience with reforms is being tested by soaring prices linked to the November decision to float the currency.

Egypt church bombing kills at least 21

  Egypt church bombing kills at least 21 At least 21 people have been killed after a bomb exploded inside a packed Egyptian church as worshippers marked Palm Sunday, says the country's health ministry.Thirty-eight are also injured, said Magdi Awad, head of the provincial ambulance service. State television, meanwhile, put the number at 42.

Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has declared a state of emergency for three months after two suicide bombings killed scores of Christians in two church attacks on Palm Sunday. He accused countries he did not name of fuelling instability in Egypt

Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has declared a state of emergency for three months after two suicide bombings killed scores of Christians in two church attacks on Palm Sunday. He accused countries he did not name of fuelling instability in Egypt

“I ask Egyptians to bear the pain,” El-Sisi said in a televised speech after the attacks.

At least 27 people were killed and more than 70 wounded in the first blast in the Nile Delta city of Tanta. A second explosion in a Coptic cathedral in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria left at least 16 others dead, officials said.

Trump Offers Support

The bombings came less than a week after El-Sisi met President Donald Trump at the White House, where he was praised for his efforts to fight terrorism. Trump tweeted on Sunday that he’s “sad to hear about the terrorist attack in Egypt” and has “great confidence that President Al Sisi will handle the situation properly.” He later spoke with the Egyptian leader by phone to express his condolences and offer support, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.

By targeting two major cities outside its base in the northern Sinai Peninsula, Islamic State showed it’s “still able to operate -- despite this growing pressure -- and to embarrass the Egyptian government after Sisi’s visit to Washington” and before Pope Francis’ visit this month, said Michael Horowitz, director of intelligence at the political risk consultancy Prime Source.

Egypt Declares State of Emergency After Fatal Church Attacks

  Egypt Declares State of Emergency After Fatal Church Attacks <p>New council set up to combat terrorism, granted sweeping power</p>Sunday’s declarations suggested a tougher approach to come against militants whose simmering war with the government has strained efforts to stabilize the country and revive an economy battered by years of unrest. Even before the new measures, Egypt’s onslaught against Islamists and other dissidents has been criticized by Western governments and human rights groups.

Egypt 's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said a three-month state of emergency would be imposed after two deadly bombings hit Coptic churches on Sunday At least 44 people were killed in bomb attacks on two Egyptian Coptic churches on Palm Sunday that included the seat of the Coptic Pope, the

Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has declared a state of emergency for three months after two suicide bombings killed scores of Christians in two church attacks on Palm Sunday. He accused countries he did not name of fuelling instability in Egypt

In a televised address, the Egyptian leader said the state of emergency would go into effect after necessary constitutional measures were taken -- largely a formality after he’d earlier ordered the military to deploy nationwide to help secure vital institutions and infrastructure.

The new anti-terrorism body will be staffed at the highest level and granted the authority to take whatever action is needed to “adjust the whole situation, whether it’s related to the media, the judiciary, legal and religious discourse," he said.

Multi-Pronged Attacks

The aftermath of an explosion that took place at a Coptic church on Sunday in Tanta, Egypt, April 9, 2017. © Reuters The aftermath of an explosion that took place at a Coptic church on Sunday in Tanta, Egypt, April 9, 2017. The twin bombings bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State -- multi-pronged attacks aimed at inflicting as much damage as possible while minimizing the group’s losses. Suicide bombers were believed to be involved in both assaults, state media reported.

The violence was “a mixed bag” for El-Sisi, said Samuel Tadros, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington.

“On the one hand it reinforces his narrative that Egypt is in war against terrorism, rallying the nation around the flag and so forth,” Tadros said. “At the same time the attacks send a message of incompetence of the security apparatus” in containing the militancy, he said.

Why ISIS Declared War on Egypt's Christians

  Why ISIS Declared War on Egypt's Christians Why ISIS Declared War on Egypt's ChristiansFour months after an Islamic State suicide bomber killed 28 Christian worshipers in Cairo, the group struck Egypt’s Christians again—this time with a double church bombing on Palm Sunday that left at least 44 dead and scores injured. The attacks, only hours apart, targeted a church in the Delta city of Tanta as well as a church in Alexandria where Coptic Pope Tawadros II was leading a service. It was the single deadliest day of violence directed against the Middle East’s largest Christian community in decades.

Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has declared a state of emergency for three months after two suicide bombings killed scores of Christians in two church attacks on Palm Sunday. He accused countries he did not name of fuelling instability in Egypt

Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has declared a state of emergency for three months after two suicide bombings killed scores of Christians in two church attacks on Palm Sunday. He accused countries he did not name of fuelling instability in Egypt

If the jihadist group proves able to operate more extensively outside of Sinai, “that would be a very dangerous development,” he added.

The violence against civilians also dealt the president a fresh blow at a time when impatience is mounting with the pace and impact of economic reforms.

Currency Controls

November’s decision to abandon currency controls helped to secure a $12 billion International Monetary Fund loan and attract foreign investors. Yet it has also caused the pound to lose half its value against the dollar, sending prices soaring. Annual core inflation climbed to over 33 percent in February.

The militant threat exploded after the 2013 military-backed popular uprising against Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and the deadly crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood group that followed. The expansion of the attacks outside the confines of Sinai and, according to Egyptian media, a new focus on targeting Christians have only proven the jihadists’ resilience.

A deadly bombing at the Cairo cathedral in December, claimed by Islamic State’s local affiliate, killed at least 25 worshippers. In 2015, the affiliate also claimed responsibility for the downing of a Russian jet near the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, an attack that left 224 dead and dealt the vital tourism industry a blow from which it’s yet to recover.

The latest bombing “won’t be the last terrorist attack, because the state fights terrorism but doesn’t fight terrorism-inspiring ideas, which is the main cause of the problem,” billionaire businessman Naguib Sawiris, one of Egypt’s richest men, wrote on his Twitter account.

--With assistance from Abdel Latif Wahba

To contact the reporters on this story: Tarek El-Tablawy in Cairo at teltablawy@bloomberg.net, Ahmed Feteha in Cairo at afeteha@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Alaa Shahine at asalha@bloomberg.net, Amy Teibel, Ros Krasny

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