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Egypt's stateless keep receiving empty promises of citizenship

Egypt has recently granted citizenship to three brothers from the Sinai Peninsula, renewing calls by other stateless individuals, mainly tribesmen, to receive the citizenship as they are deprived of their most basic rights.
Umm Yasser, an Egyptian Bedouin woman guide from the Hamada tribe, prepares tea for a group of hikers in Wadi el-Sahu in South Sinai governorate on March 29, 2019, during the first "Sinai Trail" led by Bedouin women guides. - In Wadi Sahu, a village in the southern part of Egypt's eastern Sinai peninsula, made up of humble shacks with corrugated iron and recycled scraps, Bedouins are banking on the return of tourism after the tumultuous years since Egypt's 2011 uprising. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

The Egyptian Ministry of Interior has recently granted citizenship to three stateless individuals who were born in the south Sinai Peninsula.

In a decision issued Feb. 11, the Ministry of Interior said it was “granting Egyptian citizenship to three brothers who had no nationality — namely Salem Halil Nasr Salem, born in south Sinai on Sept. 25, 1977; Radhia Halil Nasr Salem, born in south Sinai on Sept. 25, 1975; and Abdallah Halil Nasr Salem born on Nov. 5, 2001, in accordance with the fifth paragraph of Article 4 of Law No. 26 of 1975 concerning the Egyptian nationality.”

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