4M EGP in compensation to Arish farmers over militant-military clashes
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CAIRO: More than 4 million EGP ($450,330,) has been approved to be dispensed to farmers on Arish Ring Road whose farms were damaged due to ongoing confrontations between security forces and militants, Youm7 reported.

The amount will be allocated by the Finance Ministry per a memo from North Sinai Governor Abdel Fatah Harhour that listed the damages from the Mahager to Masaeed areas in Arish, including the number and kinds of trees, undersecretary of the Agriculture Ministry in North Sinai Atef Matar told Youm7.

The farms included olives, citrus and peaches that were irrigated by well water as part of a land reclamation project.

A total of 72 million EGP was previously dispensed to farmers in Sheikh Zuwayed, Rafah and other parts of Arish over similar damages.

The Agriculture Ministry receives complaints from farmers who have not been listed to be compensated, Matar said.

North Sinai has witnessed a wide-scale militancy since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, with hundreds of troops and alleged militants killed since then. Suspects sometimes escape into farms following an attack, and helicopters strike the area.

The government has allocated a total of 360 million EGP to compensate former residents of the Sinai borders with Gaza to allow for a buffer zone, and has routinely compensated civilians affected by militant attacks and clashes in the area.

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