3rd phase of Sinai-Gaza buffer zone finalized
North Sinai - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The third phase of the Sinai-Gaza buffer zone has been finalized, Youm7 reported head of the Egyptian Survey Authority Medhat Kamal Thursday.

A total of 1,215 homes and 40 government-owned facilities were removed in the third phase. The entire buffer zone is 15 kilometers long and five kilometers wide.

In the first and second phases, 2,057 homes were removed. The New Rafah City is planned to be established behind the buffer zone to relocate the displaced citizens.

Displaced citizens will be compensated with 1,200 EGP for every square meter of a concrete building and 700 EGP for other low-cost buildings, as well as 100 EGP for every square meter of the land. A total of 900 EGP and 1,500 EGP will be dispensed in subsidies for those affected in the first and second phases, respectively.

Bedouins displaced in the first phase have already been compensated, North Sinai governor Abdel Fatah Hathour said in August.

The military announced the buffer zone after an Oct. 24, 2014 attack that claimed the lives of 31 soldiers.

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