The Egyptian War Minister, General Mohammed Abdel Ghani-Gamassi paid a visit to the former occupied Abu Rudeis oilfields in Sinai and warned that other occupied areas of Sinai would be "liberated ..
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Background: The Egyptian War Minister, General Mohammed Abdel Ghani-Gamassi paid a visit to the former occupied Abu Rudeis oilfields in Sinai and warned that other occupied areas of Sinai would be "liberated .. by war or peace".
The oilfields were occupied by Israel after the 1967 war and were formally returned to the Egyptians earlier this month ... more than eight after their capture by Israel.
General Ghani-Gamassi inspected the oilfields accompanied by other Egyptian ministers and promised the inhabitants that reconstruction work would start next year.
The Egyptian Petroleum Minister, Mr. Ahned Ezzeddin Hilal, had earlier asked that Israel may more than 2,000 million dollars (about 1,000 million pounds sterling) in compensation for what he claimed was "Israel's exploitation of the oilfields during the eight year occupation".
The Minister said the recovery of the oilfields would mean that Egypt would now "take its rightful place as an oil exporting nation". Mr.Hilal said the oilfields could produce more than 75,000 barrels of crude petroleum a day.
SYNOPSIS: The Egyptian flag now flies over the former Israeli occupied Abu Rudeis oilfields in Sinai.
The Egyptian Minister for war, General Mohammed Abdel Ghani-Gamassai, visited the oilfields accompanied by other Egyptian Ministers. The oilfields were handed back to the Egyptians earlier this month.
It is more than eight years since the Israelis captured the oilfields during the nineteen sixty-seven Arab-Israeli conflict. General Ghani-Gamassi warned that "all other areas of occupied territory in Sinai would be liberated .. either through war or peace".
General Ghani-Gamassi told the people who live in the area-who have lived under Israeli domination for eight years-that reconstruction work would start in the region next year. The Minister added that all "occupied Sinai" would be returned to Egypt.
The Egyptian Petroleum Minister, Mr. Ahmed Ezzeddin Hilal, had earlier asked that Israel pay more than one thousand million pounds in compensation for what he termed "Israeli exploitation of the oil fields" during the eight year occupation
Mr. Hilal said that the recovery of the oilfields would mean that Egypt could now "take its rightful place as an oil exporting nation".