Work on Building New Egyptian Capital to Continue Despite Challenges, Sisi Affirms

President El-Sisi inaugurated the "Digital Egypt" project (Egyptian Presidency)
President El-Sisi inaugurated the "Digital Egypt" project (Egyptian Presidency)
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Work on Building New Egyptian Capital to Continue Despite Challenges, Sisi Affirms

President El-Sisi inaugurated the "Digital Egypt" project (Egyptian Presidency)
President El-Sisi inaugurated the "Digital Egypt" project (Egyptian Presidency)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi asserted the New Administrative Capital would be established despite the "costs and difficult conditions," in reference to the economic crisis the country is facing due to the Russian-Ukrainian war.

The New Administrative Capital is located 75 kilometers east of Cairo, holding several projects worth around $300 billion.

Sisi launched the Digital Egypt platform Wednesday to provide electronic services to all Egyptian people.

He stressed the importance of continuing to work on the New Capital despite the costs and difficult conditions, acknowledging there were doubts during the past five years regarding establishing the capital.

Some officials, including lawmakers, call for halting the construction in the new cities to face the economic and food crisis.

Sisi reiterated that the New Administrative Capital Company established the city through its resources, not with government funds, and the Company asked the cabinet for an annual fee of EGP4 billion as usufructs to use the government district.

The Egyptian cabinet held its first preliminary meeting in the New Capital last December.

Sisi noted that the employees of the new communication centers had been completely secured, adding that the cost of shifting towards digital processes, AI, and the new republic are estimated at EGP 100 billion in civil construction only.

"I would not be exaggerating if I said that to automate the Government District in a way that provides very advanced work for the Egyptian state — whether through the work of data centers or the part that employs at least 50,000 persons, the secured network, and other centers — it would cost about EGP 100 billion," said Sisi.

He also explained that the Egyptian state is digitizing to transform the country into a new republic; therefore, the cost will be high.

Sisi mentioned that the goal of celebrating "Digital Egypt" projects is to shed light on the importance of this project for the future of the country and its children, indicating the state's readiness to bear the expenses of 100,000 IT students if they meet the requirements.

He added that the state is ready to spend between EGP 10 to 12 billion to fully qualify those students.

The President witnessed the launch of the "Digital Egypt" platform and several projects via video conference.

The projects will include cable landing stations in Ras Gharib, Zafrana, Sidi Kerir, International Data Center in Cairo, WE Joint School of Applied ICT, Egyptian Digital Creativity Centers, and the development of the Postal Museum.



Israel Strikes Gaza, Yemen, Lebanon Foes after Attacks

Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
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Israel Strikes Gaza, Yemen, Lebanon Foes after Attacks

Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)

The Middle East was reeling Sunday from deadly violence with Israel bombing Gaza, Lebanon and Yemen in quick succession in response to attacks from Iran-backed militant groups.
Despite Washington's top diplomat asserting a deal is near the "goal line" to end more than nine months of devastating war between Israel and Gaza rulers Hamas, the Israeli military said it intercepted a missile fired from Yemen, as it pressed on with its offensive in the besieged Palestinian territory, Agence France Presse reported.
Dozens have been killed since Saturday across the Gaza Strip, the civil defense agency said, including in strikes on homes in the central Nuseirat and Bureij areas and displaced people near southern Khan Yunis.
Residents said a major operation was underway in the district of Rafah in the south, reporting heavy artillery and clashes.
The deadly strikes in Gaza came hours after Hezbollah and its ally Hamas said they fired at Israeli positions from south Lebanon, while Yemen's Houthi group vowed to respond to Israeli warplanes hitting a key port.
The fire left raging by the strikes on Hodeida port "is seen across the Middle East and the significance is clear," Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said.
Detailing the first strikes claimed by Israel in Yemen, Gallant warned of further operations if the Houthis "dare to attack us" after a Houthi drone strike killed one in Tel Aviv on Friday.
In Hodeida three people were killed and 87 wounded, health officials said in a statement carried by Houthi media.
Netanyahu travels to Washington
The trio of militant groups has vowed to keep up attacks on Israel until a truce ends the violence in Gaza, which lies in ruins, with most residents forced to flee their homes.
The Gaza war was triggered by Hamas's October 7 attack on southern Israel, which resulted in the deaths of 1,195 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli figures.
The militants also seized 251 hostages, 116 of whom are still in Gaza, including 42 the Israeli military says are dead.
Israel's military retaliation to wipe out Hamas has killed at least 38,919 people, also mostly civilians, according to data from the health ministry in Hamas-ruled Gaza.
The war has also unleashed hunger and health crises in Gaza, with Israel and the United Nations trading blame for vital aid supplies failing to reach those in need.
After the detection of poliovirus in Gaza sewage, though no individual cases, the World Health Organization said there were "monumental" constraints to mounting a timely response.
WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said Friday the agency believes many more diseases are "spreading out of control" inside Gaza.
The premier is due to address US lawmakers Wednesday in Washington, where he will be under pressure to reach a ceasefire with Hamas.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday a truce was within reach.
"I believe we're... driving toward the goal line in getting an agreement that would produce a ceasefire, get the hostages home, and put us on a better track to trying to build lasting peace and stability," he said.