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From: Inside Story

Has Egypt failed the Sinai?

Bombings in recent years have raised questions of discontent in the region.

Israel withdrew from Sinai Peninsula 25 years ago

Twenty-five years ago, Israel withdrew from Sinai Peninsula in a peace deal with Egypt.

Ever since, the Egyptian government has tried to make Sinai a destination for both Egyptians and foreigners.

It redirected waters from the Nile to encourage agriculture and settlement. It built a string of resorts extending from the north to the south.

Many projects were counted as major successes. But in the last few years, a series of bombings raised questions of local discontent – especially among the Bedouins.

Has Egypt failed the Sinai in any way? And what lies ahead?

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This episode of Inside Story aired on 25 April 2007

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