CAIRO: A total of 360 million EGP ($45.9 million) has been allocated to compensate former residents of the Sinai borders with Gaza, head of the Egyptian Survey Authority (ESA) Medhat Kamal told Youm7 Monday.
Of the designated amount, 120 million EGP have been dispensed to compensate owners of houses and lands that were evacuated to establish a one-kilometer wide buffer zone along the Egypt-Gaza borders, according to Kamal.
The buffer zone is 15-kilometers long and 500-meter wide, Kamal said.
On Oct. 29, 2014 the military began an evacuation of residences within the zone, following an Oct. 24, 2014 attack in Arish that killed 31 soldiers and injured dozens more. Some 3,255 homes have been demolished in the process, according to a September Human Rights Watch report.
Hundreds of smuggling have been discovered and demolished before and during the evacuation. In September, Egypt began to flood the tunnels.