“We have to consider human rights,” President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi told representatives of police and army personnel Sunday, according to state media.
Al-Sisi mourned socialist activist Shaimaa Al-Sabagh, and called on the Minister of Interior to prosecute the person responsible for her death.
After mourning the deceased activist, Al-Sisi addressed her family, saying that “she is like my daughter”.
The announcement came during Al-Sisi’s meeting with representatives of political parties and other public figures to discuss recent developments following Thursday’s North Sinai attack, which left at least 30 dead, state media reported.
Al-Sisi also said that the government will allocate EGP 10bn to the fight against terrorism in Sinai.
During the meeting, which was arranged by the armed forces, Al-Sisi added that the mission of the new joint military command to fight terrorism east of the Suez Canal will be to secure and develop Sinai.
He added that the most critical challenge in the upcoming period is “extremist ideology”, which “does not appreciate the diversity in mankind”.
“Egypt has 90 million citizens who need food, clothes, and water, in addition to education and health services,” he said. On the other hand, “terrorist groups” announce “military jihad to turn us into Syria”.
Al-Sisi asserted that the country needs more production, and the “media has to perform its role raising awareness on the dangers and challenges the country is facing”.
He also expressed his gratitude to countries that helped Egypt, such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and France.
On Saturday, he also spoke on national television emphasising the importance of the fight against terrorism.