Sisi pledges billions to develop Sinai after recent attacks

Sunday 01-02-2015 05:17 PM
Sisi pledges billions to develop Sinai after recent attacks

Debris is seen at a location where an attack took place on security forces in North Sinai, January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer


CAIRO, Feb 1 (Aswat Masriya) – President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said 10 billion Egyptian pounds ($ 1.3 billion) will be used for development in the Sinai Peninsula, in a speech on Sunday. 

The announcement comes days after attacks in North Sinai left at least 30 dead, in the deadliest attacks witnessed in Egypt in months.

In a meeting with public figures, including religious figures and the interior and defence ministers, Sisi said that no one will be able to harm Egypt, no matter "how strong or organised."

Addressing police and security personnel, he said "you will take revenge for Egypt's martyrs, protect Egypt and die for it."

On Thursday, four attacks on security installations in North Sinai left at least 30 people dead and 50 injured.  

Attacks on security forces in the Peninsula have continued since, leaving several injured.

A presidential decree issued Saturday ordered the formation of a unified army command east of the Suez Canal "to fight terrorism".

Sinai based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, claimed responsibility for deadly attacks.

Ansar is Egypt's most active militant group and has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks across the country. Last November, the militant group pledged allegiance to Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria and renamed itself the Sinai Province.  

Militancy has surged since July 2013, with the Sinai Peninsula being the most heavily affected by it.

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