Egyptian minister defends eviction of Nile island residents

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Al-Araby

An Egyptian minister defended on Thursday the eviction of residents from the Nile island of Warraq, as the state readies the area for a controversial “development” project. At a press conference, housing and utilities minister Assem al-Jazzar claimed that the homes from which people were evicted are “random… and were not issued building permits by competent authorities”. Al-Jazzar’s statement came after Egyptian security forces attacked demonstrators on the island near Cairo on Monday, arresting 14 people and beating some protesters. The government plans to evict residents and confiscate their…

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