Egypt's army has inaugurated the first phase of building a new residential village in central Sinai, as it pushes ahead with development projects in the border region in parallel with counterterrorism efforts, the military said.
El-Gawfa village comprises a total of 100 units, with the first phase involving 30 ready-to-move-in Bedouin homes fitted with home appliances and furniture, the military said in a statement sent to Ahram Online.
The project is part of the army's efforts "to move forward in the field of development in the Sinai Peninsula in tandem with combating terrorism," the statement said.
The project is being carried out in cooperation with North Sinai municipal authorities and a number of civil society groups including the Misr El-Kheir charity foundation.
The army and the North Sinai officials have delivered contracts for the new units to those in need among marginalised communities in the region.
The second phase is planned to include 70 homes, each at 200 sqm.