$131K for North Sinai locals affected by latest Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis attacks
Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Waly - YOUM7/Hassan Tallal

CAIRO: The owners of homes and shops damaged in a series of explosions in Arish, North Sinai Jan. 29 will receive 1 million EGP ($131,030) in compensation, Minister of Solidarity Ghada Wali announced Tuesday.

The Jan. 29 attacks began when a massive car bomb detonated just outside a military building in Arish, which is surrounded by civilian buildings, and mortar shells hit the area. Over 30 people were killed in the attacks, including civilians.

The windows of 30 buildings, the facades of 20 stores and 20 other buildings were shattered, according to the ministry’s inventory. Charities and the government arranged 3, 500 blankets with 2,000 for the most in need in the governorate torn by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis’ (ABM) insurgency.

On Feb. 4, the government announced that over 17.5 million EGP were dispensed to 10,000 locals in North Sinai in 11 months.

North Sinai residents have lived under a nightly curfew since Oct. 24, 2014 after other 31 military personnel were killed in an attack claimed by ABM.

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