CAIRO: Over 17.5 million EGP ($2.3 million) in “guarantee pension” have been dispensed to 10,000 citizens in North Sinai since March 2014, Minister of Solidarity Ghada Wali announced Wednesday.
Some 297 locals received 89,000 EGP in cash exceptional aid, and 188,000 EGP was dispensed to the families of 866 children as part of a law particular to the governorate, Wali said.
The ministry provided 620,000 EGP to 100 families of “martyrs,” and monthly pensions worth a total of 501,059 EGP to 57 families.
A number of training courses were provided to the locals to raise awareness and discuss their problems in “honest scientific and societal forms,” according to Wali.
North Sinai residents have lived under a nightly curfew since Oct. 24, after over 31 military personnel were killed in an attack claimed by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM.) The government announced a three-month nightly curfew, but on Jan. 25, it extended the curfew until April 25 despite activists and partisan demands that the curfew be lifted.
Dozens of locals were killed in confrontations between the military and ABM; the group has also executed dozens of locals for “collaborating with the Egyptian and Israeli armies.”
Further, a one-kilometer-wide buffer zone is being built along the borders with Gaza Strip, which was first announced following the October attack. Thousands of families have been relocated and compensated as a result of the process.
On Jan. 29, an uncertain number of over 30 military officers and civilians were killed in a series of attacks also claimed by ABM, which has proclaimed itself the State of Sinai since it pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in November.