What we’re tracking on 03 January 2018
State of emergency extended for another three months: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi issued a decree yesterday extending the state of emergency for another three months as of 13 January. Emergency law was first imposed in April after a terror attack on two Coptic churches killed 45 people, and later extended in July and again in October for three months each time. “The latest extension was to allow security forces to ‘take (measures) necessary to confront the dangers and funding of terrorism and safeguard security in all parts of the country,’” Reuters reports, citing the state news agency. The decision comes days after an attack on a Helwan church and shop killed at least 11.
The prosecutor general filed murder charges yesterday against the man implicated in the attack, Reuters also says. The man was “receiving medical treatment in custody for injuries sustained in an exchange of gunfire with authorities outside the church. The prosecutor ordered him detained pending investigations, the sources said.”
Internet services have been “fully restored” after a brief disruption, Telecom Egypt (TE) announced yesterday on its Facebook page. The service interruption was the result of a tear in one of TE’s submarine cables in the Mediterranean Sea, the company said in a statement carried by Al Shorouk. “Users have complained that the disruption of the service lasted anywhere between four days to two weeks,” Reuters notes. TE said it was offering its subscribers additional capacities to makeup for the disruption now that the service is back. A top official from Orange Egypt tells Youm7, though, that the problem would still be fixed today.