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Official says Egypt to expand buffer zone along Gaza boarder

10 October 2017 4:45 PM
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Official says Egypt to expand buffer zone along Gaza boarder

Cairo - An Egyptian official says the military has bulldozed at least 140 homes and more than 200 acres along the Gaza Strip border in efforts to expand a buffer zone that aims to reduce weapon smuggling and illegal militant crossings.

The governor of Northern Sinai province, Maj. Gen. Abdel-Fatah Harhour, told The Associated Press on Monday that the military began more than three weeks ago the third phase of a building-free zone with no trees, 1 500 meters wide and 10km long.

He says the government has promised to compensate those who lost their homes and farms. However, a tribal leader, Sheikh Issa Karafin, said some evacuees haven't received the money yet.

Egypt has been working since October 2014 to create the zone along the Gaza border.

Source: news24.com

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