A number of development and service projects were opened on Friday in North Sinai for the benefit of the Al-Rawda mosque terrorist attack victims and their families.
According to the state-run Al-Ahram, around 300 houses were delivered to the affected families, provided by Al-Azhar, ministries of investment and endowments, and the Orman Charity Association.
The first stage of the new projects was opened in the presence of the Governor of the North Sinai Mohamed Abdel Fadil Shousha, the Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Sharawy, and other top officials.
Shousha announced that all ministries and state institutions collaborated to reconstruct the affected areas in the governorate, in order to ease the consequences of the bloody attack. He said that the ministry of social solidarity contributed with EGP 65m, the ministry of housing with EGP 81m, and the ministry of endowments with EGP16m.
The projects included building and reconstructing schools, houses, and fish farms to create job opportunities for the local population.
Shousha added that the government will focus on microfinance projects in the coming period to help residents of North Sinai to work and become more productive.
In November 2017, over 300 Muslim worshipers, including children, were killed and hundreds were wounded in a bloody attack against Al-Rawda mosque during the Friday prayer. The attack was considered the deadliest in Egypt’s modern history. Islamic State (IS) militants claimed responsibility for the attack.
The governorate has witnessed several terrorist attacks since 2013, targeting hundreds of security personnel, mostly carried out by the IS’s branch in North Sinai. A state of emergency has been imposed in the governorate since October 2014.