CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al Sisi laid a wreath of flower on the Unknown Soldier Memorial in Cairo’s Nasr City district Sunday as a part of Sinai Liberation Day celebrations, Youm7 reported.
The President was accompanied by top military brass including Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhi and Armed Forces Chief of Staff, General Mahmoud Hegazy.
Sinai Liberation Day marks the final withdrawal of the Israeli Defense Forces from the Sinai Peninsula in 1982, after 15 years of occupation. Sinai was occupied during the Six Days War in 1967 before it was liberated in the 1973 October War, also known as Yom Kippur War, launched by former President Mohamed Anwar al Sadat.
In March, Sisi issued a presidential decree to pardon some prisoners as a part of the celebrations. Those eligible for pardon must have demonstrated that they are “trustworthy and not dangerous to public safety,” according to the decree.