7am News Wrapup July 18
By THE CAIRO POST

Politics& News

President Abdel Fatah-al Sisi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged on the necessity of an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip for stemming Palestinian bloodshed, to be based on the Egyptian ceasefire initiative.

Israel began a ground operation in Gaza as a deadly offensive to stamp out rocket fire from the Hamas-run enclave that has cost 247 Palestinian lives entered its 11th day Friday

Egypt condemned Thursday evening the Israeli “escalation” on the Gaza Strip after the Israeli Defense Forces launched a ground incursion into Gaza which is controlled by Hamas, according to a statement from Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Clashes erupted between pro-Palestinian demonstrators and house guards of the Israeli Ambassador in Cairo on Thursday evening, while The Israeli ambassador Haim Koren left Egypt on July 10, to spend his weekly holiday in Tel Aviv, but it’s not clear when he will come back.

The Criminal Court adjourned the cases of the imprisonment of Muslim Brotherhood leaders Mohamed Badie, Essam Sultan and others over torturing citizens during the Raba’a al-Adawaiya sit-in to July 24.

Malaysian Prime Minister Nagib Razak said Thursday that “If the Malaysian airplane was indeed shot down, the authorities insist that the perpetrators be brought to justice.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Thursday evening launching a ground incursion into the Gaza Strip, according to Israeli Defense Forces’ official Twitter account, which added that “a new phase of Operation Protective Edge has begun.”

Bussiness

In cooperation with the Ministry of Local Development, the Ministry of Housing is set to establish the First Cooperative Handicraft Gathering in Beheira governorate in September, Masrawy reported Thursday.

Inside Egypt

Egypt’s new smartcard bread subsidy system, which has been in effect since March, has been widely criticized by both citizens and owners of bakeries across the country.

Editors’ Pick

A 4,500 year-old ancient Egyptian wooden mallet, which was found in a car boot sale in Northumberland County north of England, was sold for 3 GBP, reported BBC Monday.

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