The government of Egypt has approved a state of emergency in the Sinai Peninsula after at least 31 Egyptian Army soldiers were killed in two attacks. The attacks on October 24 included a car bombing of an army checkpoint northwest of the North Sinai capital of El Arish, the World Tribune website reports today (October 26, 2014).
"We must know that this terrorist attack was supported by foreign hands to defeat the military, which has been protecting the Egyptian people and their will," President Abdul Fatah Al Sisi said yesterday.
Sisi -- surrounded by military commanders -- did not identify the foreign elements. But he has accused Qatar and Turkey of supporting Egypt's ousted Muslim Brotherhood.
Officials said the state of emergency was imposed on October 25 in the north and center of Sinai. They added that the emergency -- which included a curfew from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. -- would last for three months.