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Egyptian camel racing returns to northern Sinai after 14-year hiatus

After a 14-year hiatus, the Egyptian state resumed camel racing in el-Arish in north Sinai, in a bid to show that security and stability have returned to the governorate after the Egyptian army had been fighting an insurgency led by terrorist groups for years.
Bedouins watch a camel race in the south Sinai desert, Egypt, Sept. 12, 2020.

The Egyptian state is trying to reestablish some aspects of normalcy in the northern Sinai Peninsula, as a way to prove the victory of the Egyptian army over terrorist groups active in the area. As part of these efforts, the north Sinai governorate organized a camel race in the city of el-Arish after a 14-year hiatus.

The two-day camel race took place on Sept. 14-15 with the participation of tribesmen. The event was accompanied by several art and sports activities and an exhibition of Sinai-made products.

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