Policeman killed, civilian injured in Sinai blast

One Egyptian policeman was killed and a civilian injured in a blast that hit an armoured vehicle in the North Sinai provincial capital of al-Arish, Ahram Online reported Thursday (April 20th).

Egypt's Prime Minister Sherif Ismail ordered on Wednesday the extension of a years-long state of emergency in designated areas of North Sinai at least until the end of the three-month state of emergency imposed nationwide last week.

The extension of the ongoing state of emergency in North Sinai, which has been renewed every three months since 2014, will impose new overnight curfews in some areas of the governorate.

The curfew will be in effect from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. in al-Arish, and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the areas of El-Ouga, Halal Mountain, the coastal region and Rafah.

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