Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 25, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
CAIRO – 29 June 2020: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi addressed the nation on the 7th anniversary of June 30 Revolution. In his speech, he made a pledge to the Egyptian people saying, "'We vow to never forfeit a single right of our rights."
As Egypt was hit by a wave of terrorism after late President Mohamed Morsi – who belonged to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood – was toppled over mass protests, President Sisi underlined, "Terrorism has been one of the top challenges that faced Egypt over the past 7 years. Yet, we destroyed the “terrorism infrastructure.”
"Egypt lies in a region simmering with instability," the president showcased saluting the souls of martyrs who lost their lives while combating terrorism.
As dozens of medical staff died because of COVID-19 while fulfilling their duties, the president said, "the Egyptian people must be proud of the sacrifices and efforts made by the medical staff in the face of COVID-19 outbreak."
President Sisi launched presidency.eg website featuring presidential news and national projects among others. The website was designed in 18 months, Minister of Telecommunications, and Information Technology Amr Talaat revealed.
The statements came in a ceremony held to inaugurate a number of national projects eastern Cairo via video-conference.
CAIRO - 29 June 2020: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurated on June 29, 2020 Sphinx Airport located on Cairo-Alex Road and the New Administrative Capital airport via video-conference. Each of those airports spans over 4,000 square meters, and has two terminals as well as dozens of office buildings, Minister of Civil Aviation stated.
Terrorism started to rise in North Sinai during the January 25th Revolution in 2011 when a gas pipeline was bombed. Under late President Mohamed Morsi, 16 soldiers were killed in a shooting in 2012. The incident was dubbed Rafah Massacre 1. Seven others were abducted in 2013 but security forces managed to free them.
Terror attacks intensified after the ouster of Morsi over mass protests on July 3, 2013. It is noted that Morsi was member of the Supreme Guide Bureau of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is outlawed in Egypt and designated a terrorist organization.
The attacks targeted mainly churches, buildings of security directorates, security checkpoints, ambushes, and patrols causing hundreds of deaths, injuries, and material losses across the country. At present, terrorism is predominantly limited to North Sinai.
CAIRO - 27 June 2020: North Sinai Governor Mohamed Abdel Fadil submitted to the Cabinet a report Saturday on the measures taken to compensate residents who have been affected by the counterterrorism operations between October 1, 2015 and May 5, 2020.