Sisi announces ‘unified military leadership’ of Sinai
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi - YOUM7

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi decreed the formation of  a “unified military leadership” for Sinai and areas east of the Suez Canal, headed by Maj. Gen. Osama Askar, following a meeting with the Supreme Council for Armed Forces.

“We will not leave the Sinai,” said Sisi in a televised address following the meeting.

The president cut short a visit to an African Union summit in Addis Ababa to return Friday, after a Thursday attack in the Sinai killed more than 40 military personnel and civilians.

On October 25, Sisi met with SCAF members following a suicide blast, which targeted a security checkpoint in North Sinai’s city of Sheikh Zuwayed that killed 30 military personnel and caused damage to two military vehicles.

After the meeting, Sisi issued a presidential decree declaring a state of emergency in several regions of North Sinai and also declared a three-month night curfew that was renewed last week.

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