- Middle East/North Africa
Former General Intelligence Service chief Mourad Mowafy headed up a security delegation to Sinai on Friday afternoon.
Sources at the Cairo International Airport told the Turkish news agency Anadolu that the delegation traveled on a private jet belonging to the General Intelligence. The delegation was sent pursuant to Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s recent decision to ban private ownership of land and property in strategic military areas in Sinai, including the area adjacent to the border with the Gaza Strip.
President Mohamed Morsy had dismissed Mowafy from his position following an attack by anonymous assailints on a checkpoint in Rafah that left 16 officers and soldiers dead last Ramadan. Morsy appointed Mohamed Raafat Shehata as Mowafy’s successor.
Mowafy served as the governor of North Sinai before 25 January revolution.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm