Egypt Independent

Violence down from last week to current, rights coalition says



This week has witnessed 84 incidents of violence, down from 106 incidents in the previous week, according to a report by a coalition of human rights organizations.
 
Violence was largely concentrated in the Sinai Peninsula during the last week, with the region witnessing 35 incidents of violence out of the total counted by the report by the Parliamentary Elections Observatory, a coalition formed to monitor the delayed parliamentary elections. It said that though security occasionally succeeds in foiling further attacks, a faster pace is needed in clearing the peninsula from terrorist havens.
 
The report said security forces have continued, for a third consecutive week, to sustain the brunt of most of the violence, becoming the target for 41 terrorist assaults (nearly 50 percent).
 
Civilians were targets for 23 attacks (27 percent), the report added.
 
Nearly 14 percent of terrorist attacks targeted public utilities such as electricity pylons and railways, according to the report.
 
The NGO coalition  includes the Global Network for Rights and Development – GNRD (Norway) and the International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights – IIPJHR (Switzerland), along with a number of local partners, including MAAT for Peace, Development and Human Rights.