Egypt cabinet approves anti-terror law amid deadly fighting in Sinai

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Egypt cabinet approves anti-terror law amid deadly fighting in Sinai

<p>Egypt launched airstrikes on Islamist militant targets in the Sinai peninsula killing 23 fighters, the offensive comes a day after deadly clashes in the region.</p> <p>On Wednesday, the cabinet approved a new anti-terrorism law which it claims will act as a deterrent but political expert Bashir Abdl Alfatah told euronews:</p> <p>“The criticism of this law is that it might adversely affect freedom of expression and human rights in Egypt, but those who are justifying the anti-terrorism law say that when it comes to fighting terrorism, certain conditions, transition periods and chaos, we shall ignore democracy, human rights and freedom.”</p> <p>The president, who must approve the bill, had promised a tougher legal system following a car bombing which killed the prosecutor general on Tuesday. Euronews correspondent in Egypt Mohammed Shaikhibrahim concludes:</p> <p>“An anti-terrorism law is not enough on its own to eliminate terrorist groups and prevent its expansion as many people here say, it could also be a political move to contain the opposition groups and re-integrate them into the political process, so they don’t turn to the use of violence.”</p>