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Why did tribes take up arms in Egypt’s Sinai?

The battle between the Egyptian army and extremist groups is ongoing in northern Sinai. The confrontation only intensified in July 2013, after the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, when extremist groups exploited the chaos of that time and further organized and spread throughout Sinai.

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After tribal clashes, is Sinai militancy turning into proxy war?

At least 13 people were killed from the tribe of Al-Tarabin, including Salim Abu Lafi, a prominent leader of the tribe, in the recent clashes that occurred in the south of Rafah last week between the Al-Tarabin tribe and the extremist group Sinai Province––previously known as Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis—which joined …

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Civil society bears the burden of fighting sexual harassment in Egypt

On a Wednesday in May 2012, inspired by snowballing social media discussions on sexual harassment in Egypt, a group of independent activists took the conversation to an offline public. They aimed to build support in Cairo and beyond, using the most simple of approaches: the countryÕs first Ôhuman chainÕ against sexual harassment. Photo Credit: UN Women/Fatma Elzahraa Yassin

In a horrific incident in 2013, a microbus driver harassed a girl, then ran her over multiple times when she refused to move until her family arrived to deal with him, killing her. Nobody stopped him, and he got off for being a juvenile.

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The Armed Forces’ men in Sinai

In front of a house located in the vicinity of the Kinya area in North Sinai’s Sheikh Zuwayed, a masked man sits next to his companions, each of whom are holding a weapon. The man proudly speaks about their “Death Squad,” the name they have given to their armed civilian …

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