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Sinai Launches Development Projects to Clear Effects of Terrorism

Sinai Launches Development Projects to Clear Effects of Terrorism

Friday, 12 October, 2018 - 12:15
An armed policeman secures a Coptic church that was bombed in Tanta, Egypt, in April. REUTERS
North Sinai- Asharq Al-Awsat
Construction of infrastructure for agricultural development communities projects is taking place in various areas in central Sinai.

These projects aim at filling deserted areas with integrated population groups, combining the resettlement of residents from all Egyptian governorates in Sinai with securing their source of agricultural and industrial production.

The areas that the Egyptian government has been working on include 11 development complexes financed by Arab funds.

These complexes are being prepared to join farmers from the governorates in Delta and Upper Egypt with nomadic tribes-people to break the isolation and fill the areas.

Military and police forces have been carrying out a major operation in northern and central Sinai since February 9 to purge the area from ISIS-affiliated militants.

The operation is known as the Comprehensive Operation – Sinai 2018.

The extremist group has killed hundreds of soldiers, policemen, and civilians, especially in North Sinai.

“Many routes, roads and mountain ranges in central Sinai are considered an empty desert dune used by extremist militants to escape and hide,” a tribal source in North Sinai told Asharq Al-Awsat, adding that terrorist spots have been detected and cleared in that area.

“These projects are multi-functional and operate areas suitable for agriculture, and they have been extended by road facilities and power lines,” Sheikh Jazi Saad, member of the Egyptian House of Representatives for central Sinai Department, told Asharq Al-Awsat.

He said water was provided by drilling wells at deep depths, followed by construction work for each complex, including farms to produce crops, such as pomegranates, palm trees and olives, to be cultivated in those territories. Vegetables will also be grown and fish ponds will also be established.

“Some of the villagers received agricultural lands in these areas, and farmers have cultivated their crops for this year as part of a trial,” Saad explained.

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