Egypt ِArmy bans ownership of land and properties in 'strategic zones'

Ahram Online, Sunday 23 Dec 2012

The defence ministry has issued a decree restricting all ownership in strategic zones of military interest in Sinai and the Red Sea areas

(Photo: Sarah El-Rashidi)

Egyptian Minister of Defence Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has put a ban on the use of properties (land and real estate) located in "strategic areas" of military importance, the ministry’s spokesperson said reviewing the decree on his Facebook’s page Sunday.

The Armed Forces’ Decree No 203 in 2012 is inclusive of lands and houses that are five kilometres from the country's eastern borders with Gaza, except properties in the North Sinai city of Rafah.

Neither Egyptians nor foreigners will be allowed ownership, usufruct or rent of lands or properties in affected zones, including the Red Sea’s islands, natural reserves and archaeological areas.

In October, Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil laid out the procedures for Sinai’s residents claim land ownership in the peninsula.

Qandil stated that all those applying to purchase land in Sinai must have two documents: proof that they do not have a second nationality, and a certificate confirming that both of their parents are Egyptian.

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