CAIRO - 20 September 2019: Deputy Cairo Governor Ahmed Fouad stated that 241 buildings in Ain Al Sira had been demolished and that 69 families had been relocated to the 6th of October City as there is a plan to turn the area into a tourist attraction.
The deputy governor added that 56 tombs had been bulldozed and owners were given alternatives in 15th of May City. He affirmed that petitions are being examined.
Ain Al Sira is located in Old Cairo neighborhood housing Amr Ibn Al As Mosque, the oldest in Egypt and Africa. That is in addition to a number of ancient churches like the Hanging Church, Mar Gerges, Abou Seifein, and the Virgin. The neighborhood is also home to a Jewish temple, the Wells Wall (Sour Magra El Oyoun), and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization.
The place also has a lake called Ein Al Yahat, whose shores can be invested in certain activities like restaurants designed to match the location. Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly visited the area a few days ago to follow up on the construction works and development plans.
Ain Al Sira used to house leather tanneries, which are currently being relocated to Robeiky Textile Complex.