Government officials are planning install Big Brother style CCTV cameras in mosques across Egypt and have commenced the installation in key mosques in Cairo.
Egyptian security chiefs are set to install CCTV cameras in Mosques in a bid to crackdown on extremism, according to reports. It is believed that the cameras will first be installed at key mosques in Cairo before being installed in other places of worship across Egypt.
Some key mosques where the Ministry has already commenced installing cameras are Amr ibn Al-Aas, Al-Noor and Al-Sayeda Zeinab mosques.
Minister of Religious Endowments Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa claims that the CCTV cameras will be installed in an effort to protect mosques from terrorist attacks and to control “extremist” ideology and sermons.
The news follows a similar project in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait who did so following a string of deadly attacks earlier this year.
Earlier this year Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb announced the creation of a national committee for camera surveillance which will oversee the installation of cameras to secure vital buildings, roads, squares, neighbourhoods and various structures.