7am News Wrapup July 14

One security officer and seven others were killed in two successive explosions around security areas in Egypt’s Sinai region, near the border with Israel.


The Heliopolis Misdemeanor Court sentenced two men to two years in prison on charges of harassment and attacking a soldier, yet suspended a one-year sentence for harassment.

Security forces seized Sunday two rockets in North Sinai’s city of Rafah before being launched towards Israel.

A Russian tourist who reported Saturday that she had been raped by a mini-bus driver in Sinai has dropped her case without declaring reasons. South Sinai Governor Khaled Foda said the state would not give up on applying the law.

Inside Egypt:

The Transportation Ministry had allocated 36 billion EGP ($5 billion) to establish 3,600 km of new roads during the forthcoming period.

Al-Azhar, the Coptic Orthodox Church and several other Egyptian entities have condemned the ongoing Israeli offensive on Gaza.


The number of tourists visiting Egypt fell 20.7 percent in May, totaling at 768,000 tourists, compared to 969,000 tourists in May 2013. Only 860,000 tourists visited in April compared with 1.1 million tourists in the same period the year before.

Egypt’s population reached 94.777 million Friday according to a Saturday’s report of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

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A number of independent activists gathered Sunday outside the Press Syndicate for a silent protest against the ongoing Israeli offensive in Gaza, now in its sixth day. Protesters repeated anti-Israeli aggression chants and burned Israeli flags.

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