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What does a three-month ‘state of emergency’ mean for Egypt?

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Egyptian strategic expert Brigadier General Mohammed Mustafa Hassenien talked to Al-Arabiya.net about the three-month state of emergency which President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared in Egypt following twin church bombings that killed dozens of people in Tanta and Alexandria on Sunday.

The attacks were claimed by ISIS.

Hassenien explained that according to law, the state of emergency can be announced when general security and order is harmed in the country due to war or any domestic disturbances or general disasters or spread of epidemic, adding that the president declares the beginning and end of a state of emergency.

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During a state of emergency, the president can order a restraint on people’s freedom to gather and pass in certain places at certain times. He can also assign any person to perform any job and order monitoring communications of all kinds, monitoring newspapers, publications, cartoons and ads before they’re published and confiscating them and shutting down their print houses.

The state of emergency can also specify the opening and closing hours of public shops or even closing them down entirely. Authorities can also withdraw permits for weapons, ammunition, flammable material and fireworks and confiscate them.

Hassenien said the state of emergency aims to confront terrorism through untraditional methods, adding that the deployment of armed forces across the country aims to deter these cells.