Homeland Security (Egypt)
Emblem of the EHS
|Preceding Agency||State Security Investigations Service|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Egypt|
|Agency executive||Maj.Gen. Hamid Abdallah, Director, Minister of Interior Assistant for Homeland Security|
|Parent agency||Ministry of Interior|
Homeland Security (Arabic: الأمن الوطني Al-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 الدولة Gihaz 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. 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.
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.
- "Hotline marks return of Egypt’s security agency". Washington Post. 6 January 2014.