gypt is taking serious steps towards developing the Sinai peninsula, especially in the north, through major agricultural and industrial projects.
“The armed forces acknowledge that the fighting terrorism needs a battle of development, in parallel with a battle against terrorist operations in Sinai,” said Military Spokesperson Colonel Gharib Abdel Hafez in televised statements a few days ago.
Abdel Hafez added that “The development of Sinai is a top priority for the political leadership… The Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces was assigned to implement many development projects in Sinai.”
He disclosed that 35 roads have been implemented, with a total of 135 km to facilitate movement in Sinai, noting that “The armed forces implemented tunnels under the Suez Canal with a length of 30 km, equipped with the latest operating and protection systems.”
“The armed forces made a great effort in the field of seawater desalination with the implementation of 34 drinking water plants, including 22 desalination plants in Sinai. We have 36 sewage treatment plants at a cost of about EGP 19 billion,” the spokesman manifested.
He also pointed out the military cooperation between the Egyptian armed forces and brotherly and friendly countries.
“The armed forces carried out 46 joint training with other countries during 2020 and 2021,” Abdel Hafez told Amr Adeeb on the MBC Masr satellite channel.
He added that the Bright Star exercises began in 1980 between Egypt and the United States of America, noting that “Due to the success of this training, it has been developed, the participation of sister countries has increased, and training activities have been developed.”
The General Command of the Armed Forces put into its planning to combat terrorism all the considerations and challenges, including how to implement the tasks, and restore normal life to the Sinai’s villages.
“We had the challenge to prevent terrorists from disrupting development projects in Sinai,” the military spokesperson stressed.
Abdel Hafez affirmed, “The armed forces during the last period have achieved their full goals, including restoring stability, providing security for the people of Sinai, returning life to normal, destroying the infrastructure of terrorism, and eliminating the main leaders of terrorist elements.”
In September, the Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Army, Lieutenant-General Mohamed Farid, inspected the armed forces and the police units in North Sinai to follow up on the security situation and to check on the living and administrative conditions.
During the tour, he met with several families and citizens who thanked and appreciated the heroes of the armed forces for their great efforts to restore security and safety. Then, he met with some executive and security leaders of the North Sinai Governorate.