Egypt army pledges LE400 million in Sinai development to mark liberation day

Ahram Online, Wednesday 25 Apr 2012

Military uses the 30th anniversary of Egypt's regaining of the peninsula to announce plans for new housing, industrial and infrastructure projects

An Egyptian Bedouin woman attends her sheep in the coastal town of Al-Arish, northern Sinai (Photo: AP)

Egypt's military is pumping LE400 million of its funds into North Sinai development projects to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Israel's return of the territory, the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Sinai Liberation Day, 25 April, is a national holiday that marks Israel's final military withdrawal from the peninsula in 1982.
The North Sinai projects detailed in the Al-Ahram report are worth LE400 million ($66.6 million) and involve developing residential and industrial sectors, as well as infrastructure, in the border governorate.
Plans include:
  • Building five 'pioneer' villages which will include craft workshops and homes for local Bedouin
  • Restoring homes, building new petrol stations, repairing public utilities and digging irrigation wells
  • Spending around LE230 million ($38.3m) in developing the port at Al-Arish, creating new jobs for citizens in the governorate capital
  • An extra 1,000 housing units in Eastern Al-Arish


(This article was amended to correct a currency error. It previously suggested the figure was $400 million, not LE400 million)

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