Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has urged citizens to donate to the "Viva Egypt Fund", local media have reported. Al-Sisi made the plea during the inauguration ceremony of headquarters of the Egyptian security forces which are fighting terrorists east of the Suez Channel.
The President said that the development of Sinai needs "massive" investment, so he asked all Egyptians to donate to the project. He described this as an issue of national security.
"With a national call," he explained, "I am looking at all Egyptians, including businessmen, to donate to the Viva Egypt Fund… in order to pay for the needed development in Sinai."
During the ceremony, Al-Sisi appeared in uniform alongside other senior military officials and governors from across the country. He toured the new facilities and was briefed about the anti-terror campaign in Sinai.
According to Chief of Staff, Major General Mohamed Farid, in the past 15 days, those residents who were evicted from their homes in Rafah had received 900 million Egyptian pounds in compensation payments. He also requested that the period of the ongoing operation be expanded in order to be able to purge the Sinai Peninsula of terrorists.