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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

North Sinai attack tops talks, Adib plays mediator on El Warraq debacle

A terror attack in North Sinai that left 18 security personnel dead topped the airwaves last night. We have more coverage on the story in this morning’s Speed Round.

But we before we dive into that, Hona Al Asema’s Lamees El Hadidi spoke to Palm Hills Development Chairman Yasseen Mansour about the EGP 150 bn October Oasis project the company is co-developing with the New Urban Communities Authority. Mansour said the partnership reflects the government’s acknowledgement of the role the private sector has to play in building the economy (watch, runtime 7:43).

As for the attack, Deutsche Welle correspondent Hatem El Bolok phoned in from North Sinai to tell the host that yesterday’s attack was in retaliation for the previous day’s raid on a terrorist cell in Giza. El Bolok also said the Sinai attack signals a resurgence of violence in the peninsula (watch, runtime 4:51).

Meanwhile on Kol Youm, employment was the highlight of the show for Amr Adib, who showcased a report about a Cairo governorate project geared towards supporting SMEs. The initiative brought street vendors into a gated lot in Heliopolis, where they could sell their merchandise (watch, runtime 9:57). Adib also aired pictures of laborers at the new administrative capital, which he said serve as a reminder that national projects are important because they create jobs, economic feasibility be damned (watch, runtime 7:50).

Adib also delved into the Warraq Island debacle with an old-fashioned sit-down between island residents and their elected representative. Adib said the Armed Forces Engineering Corps has formulated a development strategy for the island, as well as a plan to compensate the evicted residents (watch, runtime 59:16).

Over on Masaa DMC, Eman El Hosary discussed the latest Human Rights Watch report on Egypt with National Council for Human Rights head Hafez Abou Seada, who joined the chorus of domestic voices questioning the report’s credibility (watch, runtime 14:02).

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