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Sunday, 15 April 2018

Egypt in the News on 15 April 2018

On a slow news weekend for Egypt in the international press, pickups of wire coverage of the deaths of eight soldiers and wounding of 15 more in a terror attack in central Sinai dominate coverage. Fourteen terrorists were killed in the ensuing gun battle, according to a military statement. The attack came hours after President Abdel Fattah El Sisi signed a decree published in the Official Gazette (pdf) to extend the state of emergency across the country for three months. El Sisi first imposed the state of emergency last April, and has since signed off its renewal in July, October, and January.

With the approach of Ramadan, lantern makers are obsessed with Mohamed Salah, selling lanterns in the shape of the national team football player ahead of the Holy Month, according to the BBC.

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