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Are security passes solution to ending terrorism in Sinai?

An Egyptian official suggested the issuance of security passes to northern Sinai residents, who have been complaining about Egyptian security forces' measures.
An Egyptian army soldier looks on from his postion at a checkpoint in Al Arish city, in the troubled northern part of the Sinai peninsula, July 8, 2015. Giant posters of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in military uniform hang at security checkpoints leading to the Sinai, but the crash of a Russian airliner in the peninsula has shattered the image of control they seek to project. Picture taken July 8, 2015.       To match EGYPT-CRASH/INSURGENCY-INSIGHT       REUTERS/Stringer - RTX1V321
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Although it is not the first time Egypt’s security forces have cracked down on residents of the northern Sinai Peninsula — as the remote border governorate has suffered from marginalization since Hosni Mubarak’s reign — the war on terror declared in July 2013 by the Egyptian government has resulted in an even heavier security crackdown, compromising the freedom of movement of Sinai residents from and into the governorate.

In an attempt to end the suffering, Ahmed el-Askary, a member of the Bar Council in northern Sinai presiding over the youth seat, presented Jan. 5 on his Facebook page to the competent authorities and the parliament a proposal to issue security passes for citizens residing in northern Sinai to alleviate their suffering, provided that the card is renewed every six months — a suggestion that he confirmed to Al-Monitor, even though the Facebook post has been removed. Moreover, no authority would be allowed to arrest any citizen holding this card. If a card holder commits a crime, in addition to being tried in court, their card is confiscated and they are denied renewal.

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