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Egypt to remove border city Rafah for buffer zone

Jan. 8, 2015 11:50 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 10, 2015 11:35 A.M.)
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- The Egyptian authorities have decided to remove the city of Rafah on the borders with the Gaza Strip completely, says the governor of North Sinai district Abd al-Fattah Harhour.

In a news conference Wednesday, Harhour said it would be necessary to remove Rafah city completely in order to create a buffer zone on the borders with the Gaza Strip.

"A new Rafah city is being established with residential zones appropriate to the nature and traditions of the residents of Rafah."

He confirmed that engineering units have already been asked to start work on the new city.

The governor's remarks came ahead of the second stage of evacuation of Rafah houses in preparation to create a buffer zone between Egypt and Gaza. According to the original plan, 1,220 houses were slated for evacuation.

Some 2,044 families live in those houses.

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