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In military uniform, Egypt's Sisi cheers on troops in North Sinai following IS attack

During his speech in military uniform, the Egyptian president stressed that the situation in Egypt's Sheikh Zuweid, Rafah and Al-Arish cities is stable

Ahram Online , Saturday 4 Jul 2015
Abdel Fattah El-Sisi
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi with top military personnel during his visit to North Sinai on Saturday, 4 July, 2015 (Photo: The Egyptian presidency)
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Speaking to army personnel on Saturday in Egypt's North Sinai, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said he had to pay a visit himself in military uniform "in recognition of and respect for their battle against terrorism" in the restive peninsula.

El-Sisi had to resign from the military in order to run in Egypt's presidential race, as per Egyptian law that stipulates that army personnel are not allowed to enter politics. It was the first time since he took office in June 2014 to don a military uniform.

El-Sisi's 15-minute televised speech, which comes only days after a major attack by Islamic State affiliates Sinai Province group, praised the efforts exerted by police and army personnel in Egypt's North Sinai.

"I did not want to cheer your efforts through the media, I wanted to come myself to thank you and to send a clear message that the armed forces are up to securing their country," he said.

"The armed forces could easily wipe out all sorts of terrorism," stressed El-Sisi, who added that the soldiers deployed in the restive peninsula are only 1 percent of Egypt's armed forces.

"History will mark the role that the Egyptian armed forces are playing for more than four years in light of the hard times Egypt and the Middle East have been passing through," says El-Sisi, highlighting the role of the armed forces not only in security, but also in economic projects related to Egypt's infrastructure.

'Situation stable in Sinai'

During his speech, the Egyptian president stressed that the situation in Egypt's Sheikh Zuweid, Rafah and Al-Arish cities is stable.

"The expression 'under control' is not enough for me, the situation is stable," stressed El-Sisi, referring to the areas that had been most struck by militant attacks.

Earlier on Saturday the Egyptian president met army soldiers in security checkpoints between Sheikh Zuweid, Al-Arish and Rafah cities.

The top leader also gave accounts in his speech to the assassination of the country's top prosecution Hisham Barakat who was killed on the eve of June 30, which marked the second anniversary of the uprising that ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

"The message behind the assassination was that [terrorists] want to silence Egyptians, who went out and freely expressed their opinion on 30 June [2013], by killing their advocate [Hisham Barakat]."

The second message was when the militants attacked Sinai and announced it to be an "Islamist province", two years after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, whereas Egyptians had refused Islamist rule, said El-Sisi.

Yet the total area of Sinai is 60,000 kilometres square, of which the area covered by the three cities in which most of the attacks take place does not exceed 5 percent, El-Sisi added.

"The army has countered the militants' attacks in the most powerful, appropriate and planned way... It is true some of our soldiers passed away in the battle and some others were injured, but this is a national duty," says El-Sisi.

Civilians and Sinai residents

The Egyptian president stressed that the armed forces have clear orders not to target any civilians in the peninsula.

"In our battle with the terrorists, the Egyptian armed forces do not target civilians and this is by order," he said.

Meanwhile, El-Sisi praised the role of Sinai residents who have been aiding the country's armed forces in their battle against terrorism.

El-Sisi's visit comes after simultaneous attacks in two North Sinai cities on Wednesday left 17 army personnel, including four officers, killed and more than 100 militants dead, according to the army.

The fight continued for several hours between Egyptian security forces and militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) in Sheikh Zuweid city, until the Egyptian air force conducted air strikes there and forced the militants to withdraw.  

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Sam
05-07-2015 06:34pm
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Sent for review??
The comment I just posted is sent for review? You mean censorship - in the tradition of Arab dictator ships ? Quality and content of the posts tell me my comments will not see the light of the day.
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Allen
05-07-2015 09:22pm
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Farhan
You have a need to call people Nazis fascists, etc... Most people don't have that need. Muslim brotherhood is the ultimate insult in and itself, so no need to insult you further. Why do you think " Sam " is hiding under a fake western name. The guy is not proud he is a Muslim brotherhood. Now get busy give your fake votes
Farhan
05-07-2015 08:54pm
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@Allen, You Nazis started it, Under Morsi rule there was no violence of terrorism
Even police didn't massacre any innocent unarmed people, this is how system should work but you nazis no nothing exception your fascist tactics.
Allen
05-07-2015 08:36pm
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Sam???
We had your kind before, a Muslim brotherhood pretending to be a westerner... Your ilk has been a dime a dozen all posts are sent for review and the fact that Muslim brotherhood such as yourself gets posted shows pretty liberal lack of censorship given your beloved organization just committed terrorist acts in a holy month no less. Now have your MB pile on the fake votes. That is the extent of your organizations accomplishments.
Farhan
05-07-2015 08:20pm
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I regularly post comments critical of this regime of terror
But very few of them are posted.
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Sam
05-07-2015 06:29pm
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You fools
I am an American and watch in dismay how ignorant and stupid most of the commentators are. This chaos and terrorism is the direct result of state terror unleashed since Sisi came to power under the cover "popular" resentment of Morsi. No civilized nation treats its citizens the way MB are treated in Egypt. You reap what you sow. Only people who are smiling at this mess are the zionists - while the Egyptian mothers cry for their sons.
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Truth Ankh Amon
07-07-2015 02:17am
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Mussolini is Right
Why don't you teach your American Police what is Racism Uncle Sam? And how about your Army ? And Guantanamo? We have no Lessons or advices to take from the American Dream. Choose one chair instead of sitting in the middle of two. Should you decide to visit Egypt with your proud knowledge, and American Passport, you still will be welcome and That, my friend, is EGYPT. In the mean time, my greatings to "Yes We Scan" Obama for your American part and to your MB side : Rest in Hell.
Key
06-07-2015 01:32am
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You are an MB Terrorists and a compulsive liar
What a bunch of garbled crap. Take some Valium. You are showing your M Brotherhood colors of viciousness, scrambled truths, woe-is-me, and hysteria.
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Aladdin, Alex
05-07-2015 04:02pm
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Attack Now
Surprise those thugs and attack them to kill more. Do not give time to rest or regroup. Send wave after wave to kill and destroy their infra structure.
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Ostasia
05-07-2015 03:35pm
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Polling hacked again by MB online army
The online army of the Terrorists have hacked the polling again, there's no way there's 4000 or 3000+ thumbs down on some of the best comments that do actually reflect the population. Shows how desperate they are. It has been shown by hacking groups against Daesh etc...that they have 1000's of accounts on Twitter etc...all from the same IP either Syria or Iraq. So for those looking at the ratings, keep that in mind ;)
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Ostasia
05-07-2015 04:27pm
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Incredible...
just in the hour of me posting this and coming back, one of my comments "100% agree" had 113 thumbs up and 0 thumbs down, now it shows over 930 thumbs down, how is this even possible Ahram? I hope you can protect your site from these crazy hackers, you should make it so that people have to login and get an account, and only ONE account to vote ONCE only. This is ridiculous. And now some are over 70000 and 9000 votes, impossible! LOL
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Uuta
04-07-2015 09:05pm
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Egypt lives
Egypt has lived for over 5000 years. Egypt is not allowed to die. Go Abdel Fatah es-Sisi! Go Egypt! And thumbs down to any terrorist group who wants to kill Egypt. Because Egypt will not die.
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L. McKay
04-07-2015 08:52pm
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Good on El-Sisi and the Egyptian military
I fully support President El-Sisi and the Egyptian military for crushing IS and the Muslim Brotherhood who support Salafist and Whahibieist Islam which are perversions of Islam not fit to rule anything. I am pleased that the Muslim Brotherhood have been declared under Egyptian law to be a terrorist organisation which they are. Egypt has shown much more wisedom than Turkey whose Islamist government supports this terrorist organisation in Egypt. Long live President El-Sisi and the Egyptian Government and military.
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looma
04-07-2015 08:48pm
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sisi is Enough distruction of Egypt
if sisi by force rule continue good by Egypt good by Egyptian wors dictator and enemy of Egyptian
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Uut
04-07-2015 09:09pm
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Good bye to anti-Egyptians
Good bye Egypt if the MB returns -- or any terrorist group takes over. It will not happen, because Egyptians will not allow it to happen. So to the guy above -- get used to it or get out.
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George
04-07-2015 07:55pm
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Do not doubt the casualty annumcements from the military
The left and hard left international media has bandied around huge casualty numbers for our soldiers citing alleged sources sometimes health relatd somteimes militery related as if they were Embedded with the troops and as if they were dozens of such source with nothing to do but talking casualties to the,. They just aim at destabilising us. Most of the talbacks show that the readers are not fooled and support our struggle. Our military published the names of our martyrs and funerals were held publically. Those who continue to rant that casualties rin into the 70's or 90's imply that there are more than fifty casualties which are hidden or made to disappear. Wouldm't you think that any family who did not see their sons again, and know that their death was not announced would ask questions ? Any media or 'jornalist' talking the terrorists up is not one of us but one of the. Tahya Masr
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Arabesque
04-07-2015 09:24pm
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Foreign Media Funny Numbers!
We got familar with such media war & learned to ignore it for the last 2 years. I kept zipping thru famous world/Arab channels, circulating unrealistic numbers of casualties, even hours before anyone could reach authorities, hospitals or victim's families for verification. This could have many reasons: poor reporting, MB infiltration/finance abroad, Western neo-colonial countries support for Islamists, and even political immaturity of some Arab countries.
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Allen
04-07-2015 06:15pm
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The only good this terrorist attack did is.
Every time the Muslim brotherhood, or it's terrorist partners with what ever fake name, make any move. They take a beating ten fold. Every move contributes to their demise. However, my deep condolences to the innocent Egyptians And Egyptian soldiers, and their families. The evil Muslim brotherhood will never be rewarded for its crimes... Not in the past, not in the future.
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Aladdin,m Alex
04-07-2015 06:04pm
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Spying Technology
We need to lease spy satellite and ground agents to sack those terrorists. How terrorists were able to surprise us in large numbers and advanced weapons and preparation? We can build small model plane with night cameras, hide soldiers in trenches, use sniffing dogs, search systematically every house and building, mark terrorists by cutting their ears (Egyptian army tradition). I served near Halal mountain and terrorists have limited places to hide in its caves. Flood tunnel with sea water.
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Ostasia
05-07-2015 04:03am
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@George
I'm all for attacking these Terrorists in North Sinai, but lets not use weapons (like phosporus and cluster bombs) which are prohibited under international law, NEVER give your enemy a reason to accuse you of any wrong doings. They have enough food for propaganda as is, also you have to take into account that civilians could be caught in the cross fire, so you can't shoot with canon balls on pidgeons if you understand what I mean. Also bombing Gaza is just what some would love to see, how would that make Egypt look? Isolate them by destroy the tunnels, make the military buffer zone, PREVENT incursions from the Gaza strip ONLY, not be aggressive to other nations, best and only thing Egypt can do now. Don't take any bait from anyone, just defend Egypt. Tahya Misr!!!!
George
04-07-2015 07:37pm
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We can also punish the evil ones
We must throw at them everything we have including cluster munitions, flechette munitions, napalm, white phosphorus so as to cause maximum injuries. As they take care of their injured and whatch horrible wounds we affect their morale. Any part of the world that help or support them we should bomb starting with the closest Gaza. This is why we are getting the Rafale. Let us cause the maximum desolation and devastation to these coakroaches in defense of our 7000 years old country.
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