President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi declared on Saturday that Egypt’s armed forces will confront terrorism, stressing that no one can violate the country’s land or people.
He made his remarks during a ceremony to inaugurate a development project in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia.
“We have entrusted the ministry of housing and the engineering authority with a national project of comprehensive urban planning,” he added,
The president said the project would cost 100 billion Egyptian pounds and that it would be carried out whether he remained in power or not. It will be complete within two to three years.
“Sinai is our land and the armed forces will confront terrorism with force. We must put an end to the terrorism that is there,” said Sisi.
Security forces have battled extremists in the mainly desert region, stretching from the Suez Canal eastwards to the Gaza Strip and Israel, since 2013. Extremists have killed hundreds of police and soldiers.