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Egypt: Army warns of manufacturing, selling outfits similar to military uniform

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The Egyptian army warned textile and clothing companies, factories and stores of importing, manufacturing or selling fabrics or outfits similar to police and military uniforms that could be used in terror activities.

The army cautioned that such fabrics or clothing could be used by terrorist elements to carry out attacks that put security and safety of citizens in danger.

"This is to prevent terrorist elements from using such outfits in activities that may affect the security and safety of the nation and the citizens," military spokesman Tamer al-Refaie said in a statement on Monday. He stressed that any relevant violations will be legally questionable.

The Armed Forces have repeatedly announced it seized a number of military uniforms during the counter-terrorism operation, especially north Sinai.

The army and the police, in cooperation with the Interior Ministry, have been intensifying security measures at border crossings, ports and outlets "to prevent the infiltration of any fabrics or outfits similar to military and police uniform into the country," according to the statement.

In other news, Egypt is hosting the joint counter-terrorism exercises with several African counterparts from the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), for the first time. The drills will continue till December 14 and will include forces from Egypt, Sudan, Nigeria, Burkina Faso.

Spokesperson Refaie said in a statement that the first phase of the drills will be held at Egypt’s Mohamed Naguib military base in Marsa Matrouh.

He indicated that such drills come as part of Egypt’s plans to enhance its relations with “fellow African countries,” in order to train troops on different military tactics.

“It trains the participants forces on the way to deal with different terrorist threats, such as militant groups, freeing hostages, and work as one team with the forces of other friendly states,” the spokesperson said.

Asharq Al-Awsat


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