National security threats amid Gaza war won’t impede Sinai development: ECSS deputy director

Amr Kandil , Thursday 25 Apr 2024

Deputy Director of the Egyptian Centre for Strategic Studies (ECSS) Mohamed Ibrahim Eldawiry said threats to national security emanating from the Israeli war in Gaza will not impede the ongoing development process in Sinai.

Mohamed Ibrahim El-Duweiri
File photo: Mohamed Ibrahim El-Duweiri, Deputy Director of the Egyptian Center for Strategic Studies (ECSS).


Egypt is fully vigilant to threats facing its national security in Sinai due to the war in Gaza, Eldawiry told the state news agency MENA as the nation celebrates the Sinai Liberation Day on Thursday.

Eldawiry emphasized Egypt’s full rejection of any attempts to eradicate the Palestinian cause by displacing Palestinians from Gaza into Sinai.

He also underlined the political leadership’s commitment to Sinai's development and construction process, which would serve as a first defense line against any illusionary malevolent ambitions.

Eldawiry added that President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has prioritized Sinai development as a strategic imperative for national security, ensuring comprehensive urban development.

This commitment has led Egypt to successfully eradicate terrorism in Sinai, paving the way for a new era of prosperity in the region, he affirmed.

Over the past decade, Egypt has implemented mega projects in North Sinai to revive the governorate after eliminating a fierce wave of terrorism.

Ongoing development projects in North Sinai cover infrastructure, roads, water treatment, and massive land reclamations.

In November 2023, the cabinet allocated EGP 363 billion to complete the second stage of North Sinai development, while the cost of the first phase exceeded EGP 600 billion.

Sinai liberation

Egypt now celebrates the 42nd anniversary of the complete withdrawal of Israeli military forces from the Sinai Peninsula on 25 April 1982, following the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.

On that day, Egypt regained the Sinai Peninsula and raised its flag in Rafah.

The Sinai liberation culminated in the great victory of the Egyptian army over Israeli occupation forces in the October 1973 War.

“History will forever pay homage and reverence to the Egyptian state for achieving a monumental feat etched in the annals of great victories,” Eldawiry said, referring to the October war and Sinai liberation.

“25 April is not merely a commemoration of the liberation of an occupied land, but a moment for broader reflection on the arduous efforts exerted by Egypt over decades, and a testament to resilience and determination,” he added.

Eldawiry commended the Egyptian soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the 1973 War to restore Egyptian and Arab dignity by liberating Sinai, six years after the 1967 setback.

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