Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies
Author(s): Nouran Hassan
Forceful eviction operations have started in North Sinai since 2014 to ‘establish a buffer zone’ to embattle ISIS-affliated militants who gained hold of the northern governorate during the turbulent years between 2011-2014. A recent report by Human Rights Watch reports the arrest of thousands, forcible disappearance of hundreds, torture, extrajudicial killings, and most importantly, deportation of over 100,000 civilians from the area. Last year, alone, security and army forces destroyed over 3,600 buildings and levelled thousands of arable hectares.
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