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Homeland Security (Egypt)

Homeland Security
الأمن الوطني
Emblem of the EHS
Agency overview
Formed 2011
Preceding Agency State Security Investigations Service
Jurisdiction Government of Egypt
Headquarters Cairo, Egypt
Agency executive Maj.Gen. Hamid Abdallah, Director, Minister of Interior Assistant for Homeland Security
Parent agency Ministry of Interior

Homeland Security (Arabic: الأمن الوطنيAl-Amn al-Watani) is an Egyptian security service, the main domestic security agency of Egypt and the main successor of the State Security Investigations Service (SSIS) (Arabic: جهاز مباحث أمن الدولةGihaz Mabahith Amn al-Dawla). Its main responsibilities are counter-intelligence, internal and border security, counter-terrorism, and surveillance. Its headquarters is in Cairo.

Due to its efforts of bringing back the security during the Islamist unrest, the agency has gained much of the previous agency's lost respect in Egypt.[1] After announcing the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group due to the December 2013 Mansoura bombing, the EHS has assigned hotlines for reporting suspected Muslim Brotherhood members.[1]

Current status

After Morsi's ouster, nearly a hundred of the sacked senior officers of State Security Investigations Service (SSIS) had returned. The Security agency is believed to be reclaiming its role and rebuilding its intelligence with the help of the people after the storming of (SSIS) agency headquarters in 2011 following 2011 Egyptian revolution.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Hotline marks return of Egypt’s security agency". Washington Post. 6 January 2014. 

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