Defense minister to study Sinai land ownership

Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is studying demands of the people of Sinai to own land, without violating his decision banning ownership at a distance of 5 km from the border, a military source has said.

The source added that the minister requested Military Intelligence provide him with a list of the residents located within the 5 km to decide upon in a few days.

The tribal chiefs in South Sinai praised the meeting they had with the minister on Saturday, and said he told them the ban applies only to foreigners.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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