Members of parliament to form committee to visit Sinai
Parliamentary voting session, Jan.18, 2016- YOUM7
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CAIRO: The parliament agreed to form a committee to visit Sinai in the coming days, per a Wednesday request by members, Youm7 reported.

MP Hossam Tawfik made the request , which was put to a vote.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi called on parliamentarians in February to visit prisons, Sinai and Nubia in southern Egypt; Bedouins and Nubians have long complained about marginalization.

North Sinai has been embattled by a rise in militancy and a crackdown by the army on the self-proclaimed Sinai Province. The government has repeatedly said the area is under control and that violence occurs in “one percent” of the total area of the peninsula.

A curfew in North Sinai has been imposed since October 2014 following deadly attacks on military checkpoints that killed at least 30 security personnel. The curfew extends from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day, while in certain parts of Arish, the curfew lasts from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Meanwhile, South Sinai, once a flourishing tourist destination, suffers low rates of occupancy due to travel bans issued by several countries as well as lack of trips amid reports of violence in the country.

 

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