CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi reduced curfew hours in North Sinai imposed since the October 24 attack that killed 31 soldiers from 14 to 11 hours, according to a statement issued by presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef Tuesday evening.
The curfew will last from 7:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. rather than 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to facilitate the movement of Sinai residents, the statement added.
The state of emergency and curfew were imposed for three months in parts of North Sinai following explosions that targeted a military installation in Sheikh Zuwayed city, killed 31 soldiers and injured dozens more.
Sisi’s decision came followed a meeting with the Sinai’s tribal leaders and Sheikhs as he discussed new projects for Sinai residents, including the construction of the new Rafah City and allocating a complete housing complex for each tribe by 2015, Youssef noted.
On Nov. 5, Sisi ordered the construction of a new Rafah city for the residents who were evicted from their homes to establish a buffer zone along the border with the Gaza Strip.
“The president said the proposed vision is to establish housing complexes with a Bedouin style appropriate for the desert environment, as a house complex allocated for each tribe of Sinai…Such complexes will be provided with agricultural, industrial, and traditional craft activities which generate revenues for Sinai residents,” Youssef said.
He added that other projects in the region are scheduled to redevelop the Arish port, to establish a new Ismailia City by 2015 in eastern of Suez Canal, and to create 1,200 housing units in Arish and 5,000 housing units in South Sinai.