Egypt locks down "strategic" land in Sinai and the Red Sea
Egyptian Minister of Defense Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has put a ban on the use of properties (land and real estate) located in "strategic areas" of military importance, the ministry’s spokesperson said reviewing the decree on his Facebook’s page Sunday.
The Armed Forces’ Decree No 203 in 2012 is inclusive of lands and houses that are five kilometres from the country's eastern borders with Gaza, except properties in the North Sinai city of Rafah.
Neither Egyptians nor foreigners will be allowed ownership, usufruct or rent of lands or properties in affected zones, including the Red Sea’s islands, natural reserves and archaeological areas.
In October, Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil laid out the procedures for Sinai’s residents claim land ownership in the peninsula.
Qandil stated that all those applying to purchase land in Sinai must have two documents: proof that they do not have a second nationality, and a certificate confirming that both of their parents are Egyptian.