CAIRO – 13 June 2018: Egypt has outranked both the US, UK and the entire African continent when it comes to safety, according to a new global poll.
Do you feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where you live? This was one of the questions asked by the annual Gallup Global Law and Order to residents countries across the world. Singapore topped the list as the safest country across the world while Venezuela was deemed least safe.
The US and the UK ranked in the 21st and 35th place respectively while Egypt ranked as the16th out of 135 countries.
Egypt has scored 88 out of 100 in this survey which places it on the same level as countries such as Denmark, China and Slovenia. In 2016, Egypt has got 82 out of 100
According to BBC news website, Gallup’s Jon Clifton said that “Egypt’s score reflected a trend over recent reports, which have seen Egyptians becoming increasingly trusting of the police”.
Since President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi led the country four years ago, purging country from terrorism came on the top priorities of his agenda. Sisi focused on combating terrorism and battling Islamist militants in Sinai in order to restore safety back to the country
In February, army spokesman Colonel Tamer el-Refae announced in a strongly worded televised statement that the military and police forces have initiated Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018.
The operation aims to eradicate terrorism in North and Central Sinai, in addition to other areas in the Nile Delta and Western Desert.
As part of the national battles fought courageously by the “heroes” of the Armed Forces, in cooperation with security authorities of the Interior Ministry, to uproot terrorism and enhance stability and development in Egypt, the operations in Sinai has managed to purge Sinai from 60 percent of the terrorism in the city, according to National security experts.
During the four past years, managed to destroy 992 terrorist hideouts and eliminate 19,108 terrorists possessing huge amounts of ammunition, arms and explosive devices.
Since the ousting of former Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt has seen growing waves of extremism washing over the society and spawning numerous deadly attacks. Among these attacks was the terrorist attack that hit Al-Rawdah Mosque in Al-Arish, North Sinai, and left more than 302 Friday prayer congregants dead in late November.
In this Survey, Gallup says it interviewed 148,000 adults in 142 countries and areas. The questions was mainly around confidence in local police, safety at night, cases of theft. The interviewees also asked whether they or a family member had been mugged or assaulted during the past 12 months.