By Ashraf Sadek:
CAIRO, July 12, 2018 - Lieutenant General Mohamed Farid, the Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Thursday asserted that the heroes of the Armed Forces were exerting great efforts to fight terrorism in Northern and Central Sinai.
During a surprise visit to the Third Field Army troops in Central Sinai, Lt. Gen. Farid noted that the Armed Forces were undertaking the task of securing and protecting the nation on all axial directions not only the Sinai.
During his meeting with the unit commanders, Lt. Gen. Farid referred to efforts and sacrifices made by the Armed Forces. Tribal chiefs of Central and Northern Sinai attended the meeting.
The visit came within the framework of Lt. Gen. Farid's keenness on following up the progress of the comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018 now being carried out across the country.
He ordered the commanders to maintain the highest level of preparedness to swiftly and effectively thwart any action or plot aiming at undermining Egypt's national security.
Earlier, Lt. Gen. Farid inspected the army combat units, formations and land patrols that were assigned to defend and secure Northern and Central Sinai.
He praised the high capabilities and efficiency of the troops and their efforts to precisely hit terrorist targets and eliminate the terrorists in Central and Northern Sinai, where a comprehensive counter-terrorism operation had been going on since February 9.
From a command centre in Central Sinai, Lt. Gen. Farid, who followed-up the progress of the operation activities, reiterated to the commanders in charge of the army units the importance of up-keeping the morale of troops and ensuring that they received proper sustenance and administrative backup.
He also discussed with commanders their anti-terrorism plans and ways of maintaining Sinai's safety.
CAIRO, July 4, 2018 - The Chief of the Staff, Lieutenant General Mohamed Farid, on Wednesday witnessed a series of early morning training session by the Armed Forces special troops.
Following the drills, Lt. Gen Farid gave a brief speech during which he praised the officers' fighting skills and outstanding training.
He also saluted the army forces for their outstanding role combatting terrorism and maintaining the nation's security and the safety of its citizens.
Lt. Gen. Farid praised the high capabilities and efficiency of the officers and soldiers and their efforts to reach the highest levels of preparedness for any combat mission.
He called upon them to keep maintaining their notable physical and mental fitness and preparedness as well as upholding the noble and lofty military values which have for long distinguished the Egyptian Armed Forces.
Wednesday’s visit came within the framework of Lt Gen. Farid's keenness on following up on training and qualification programmes for military personnel.
CAIRO, June 21, 2018 - The security troops killed 32 takfiris and arrested 12 others as part of the Sinai 2018 comprehensive operation in North and Central Sinai over the past few days, the army said in its 24th televised communiqué this morning.
The troops, comprising army and police forces, raided and destroyed 272 hideouts of takfiris, the communiqué said. The security forces seized arms, ammunitions, cash, military uniforms, PCs, telecommunication gadgets, cameras, explosives and some takfiri books, it said.
According to the army statement, a total of 84 wanted outlaws were detained in the raids. The air forces destroyed 21 targets in North Sinai, in addition to two vehicles carrying arms and ammunitions.
The security forces also detonated 15 improvised explosive devices and wiped out 28 bhang farms in the raids, it added.
By: Ashraf Sadek
CAIRO, May 25, 2018 - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, accompanied by senior Government officials and top army officers, performed the Friday prayers at the Field Marshal Tantawi Mosque in New Cairo.
President Sisi's appearance at the Mosque coincided with Egypt's marking the 1973 War, which broke out on Ramadan 10 some 45 years ago.
Before the prayer, Dr. Osama el-Azhari, the President's Religious Affairs Advisor, delivered a sermon in which he said that Egyptians would always remember with pride that glorious honourable martyrs of the nation and hail their immaculate souls.
Dr. Azhari also said that the Egypt would never forget those illustrious martyrs and late president Anwar el-Sadat, who had taken the courageous war decision on Ramadan 10 and ordered the Egyptian army to cross the Suez Canal.
Following the prayer, President Sisi, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, chaired a meeting attended by Defence Minister General Sedki Sobhi, the Chief of Staff, Lt. General Mohamed Fareed, and senior army and police officers.
President Sisi and the senior officers reviewed the latest developments in Operation Sinai 2018, which was launched on February 9 in pursuance of earlier rounds in the war on terrorism which carried the name of The Martyr’s Right that began in 2016.
The present operation, which has a comprehensive and intensive framework, is a massive anti-terror operation targeting terrorist and criminal in central and northern Sinai as well as areas in the Nile Delta and the Western Desert.
Sinai 2018, which involves land, sea, air forces, and police troops, comes within the purview of President Sisi's orders to the Armed Forces to eliminate terrorism.
During the meeting, President Sisi praised the Armed Forces’ relentless efforts to eradicate terrorism in Sinai. He also paid tribute to the patriotic role of the Armed Forces in the service of the nation.
President Sisi directed all security agencies to remain on full alert in order to guarantee the security of the homeland and the safety of citizens.
President Sisi praised the efforts made by the Armed Forces and the police in confronting terrorist elements nationwide.
The President also asserted the need to continue and intensify such efforts to confront terrorism strongly and decisively.
CAIRO, May 19, 2018 - Each Ramadan day, the Armed Forces will offer more than 26,800 free Iftar meals, which the poor can eat at sunset to signal the end of the fast, the Minister of Defence and Military Production said yesterday.
Major General Sedki Sobhi said that the Armed Forces would donate 26,800 meals every day to low-income people at 132 "tables of mercy” that would be held nationwide.
These daily charity food tables would be set out in the governorates by the field armies during Ramadan, where the poor or any passer-by can break their fast for free.
Minister Sobhi said that the move aimed to show the Armed Forces solidarity with the poor during Ramadan, which is a month of giving.
In addition to distributing bulk supplies of food to the poor to last them the whole month, the Central Military Zone commander would set up 43 charity food tables every day in the poor neighbourhoods of Cairo, Giza, Qalubiya, Menufia, Fayyoum, Beni Sueif and Minya governorates.
The Second Field Army, meanwhile, would prepare 30 charity tables each day in the poor areas of Port Said, Daqahliya, Sharquia, Damietta, and Ismailia governorates.
In a related development, the Third Field Army would prepare 18 food tables for the poor in the governorates of Seuz, South Sinai, and the Red Sea.
The Northern and Western Military Zones would set up 21 daily charity food tables in Alexandria, Gharbiya, Behira, Kafr el-Sheikh, and Mersa Mattrouh Governorates.
The Southern Military Zone would be also preparing 18 daily tables in the governorates of Assuit, Red Sea, Qena, Aswan, Suhag, the New Valley, and Luxor Governorates.
Ramadan is a time of solidarity and giving to the less fortunate during which families gather for iftar, says Hamdi el-Fiqqi, adding that charities set up by wealthy individuals donate to the needy even before the holy month begins, mirroring an outpouring of generosity across Egypt.
These charities prepare thousands of meals to be distributed during Ramadan in all Egyptian governorates, said el-Fiqqi, stressing that the generosity extends to all Egyptians.
The meals are generally served near mosques and major squares in the capital, he said. However, he admitted that some charities use food distribution as part of an ongoing public relations blitz to prove to the world that they are working for the needy people.
"It is a bad deed for Ramadan," he laments, saying that it is as if these charities are competing against each other for who buys the most things and cooks the most food and appears on TV more than once. El-Fiqqi, however, paid tribute to the charities that keep on offering free meals during Ramadan despite the world economic crunch. The impoverished corners of Cairo's suburbs have been crammed with banquets, or iftar, since the beginning of Ramadan.
"While the rest of the year is fairly bleak for the poor, they has found some happiness in Ramadan, which has piety and charity at its core," el-Fiqqi said.
During Ramadan, charities and orphanages get a seasonal boost as they receive gifts of food, money, toys and clothes from ordinary citizens. Charity is a cornerstone of Islam, and takes on a special importance in Ramadan,el-Fiqqi said.
But, he lamented that charity tends to be personal and less institutionalised than in more developed countries, with most people giving cash directly to the poor. Sheikh Hassan Ali al-Khosussi, a religious scholar at the al-Azhar mosque and university, the highest seat of learning in Sunni Islam, said charity can be given to any Muslim in need.
But orphans are mentioned in the "hadith", or sayings of Prophet Mohamed, as particularly worthy recipients of charity.
CAIRO, May 17, 2018 (MENA) - Defence and Military Production Minister Sedqi Sobhi ordered the public services of the Armed Forces to distribute 2.7 million food cartons at reduced prices to persons most in need with the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
This came in implementation of Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Abdel Fattah El Sisi's instructions to ease the burden on citizens in remote and poor areas.
The Armed Forces, in coordination with the Supply and Home Trade Ministry, will distribute the food cartons throughout various governorates.