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Egypt’s Cabinet extends curfew in North Sinai

January 25, 2015

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egypt’s state media says the Cabinet has decided to extend a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the northern Sinai peninsula for three more months.

The curfew was originally instated in late October following a militant ambush that killed 31 Egyptian soldiers near the border town of Rafah.

Since then, the military has begun clearing a buffer zone along Egypt’s border with the Gaza Strip, meant to stop the flow of weapons and militants. The operation is displacing a population with longstanding grievances against Egypt’s government.

Local residents expressed frustration at the news of the curfew extension, saying that it hinders their daily lives and hurts the local economy.

North Sinai has seen a spike in militant attacks against security forces, particularly after the military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

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