7am News Wrapup July 28

Egyptian Muslims will head after dawn to prayer areas nationwide to perform Eid al-Fitr prayer after which they will celebrate the end of fasting of the Islamic month of Ramadan. The government allocated 3,800 praying areas while hospitals and police stations remain on alert.


The Rafah border crossing in North Sinai was reopened by Egyptian authorities Sunday to allow injured people and aid to cross between Gaza and Egypt.

Fifteen Egyptian workers were killed Saturday by a rocket that struck their house in Tripoli, according to Libyan media sources.

At least 36 people were killed in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, many of them civilian, where Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants clashed on Saturday night and Sunday morning, medical and security sources said.

Border guards in the western military zone managed to arrest 291 people trying to illegally cross into Libya Saturday; 262 were Egyptians, 23 Sudanese, three Palestinians and three Bangladeshis.

Border guards of the Second Field Army demolished 13 tunnels under the Rafah Border Crossing between Egypt and Gaza, bringing the total number of tunnels destroyed to 1,639.

Spanish Foreign Minister José García-Margallo y Marfi said Sunday on the sidelines of Gaza conflict talks in Egypt that Spain supports the establishment of a Palestinian state at the earliest possible opportunity.

Minister of Urban Development and Slums Leila Iskander Monday confirmed that she is going to participate in a campaign to develop slums on Monday morning. The campaign will be held at the Cement Company Club in Kafrolow slum in Helwan, Youm7 said Sunday.


President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi told Spanish Foreign Minister José García-Margallo y Marfil Sunday during their meeting that the State is preparing for parliamentary elections to be conducted before the end of the year, Youm7 reported.

Al Jazeera reporter Abdullah el-Shamy was allowed to travel from Cairo to Kenya Sunday after his name has been removed from the travel ban list, Youm7 reported.


The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) indexes ended on a mixed note Sunday amid sideways performance that coincided with low liquidity ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade allocated a 500 million EGP ($70 million) sum of its fiscal year 2014-15 budget Saturday to finance small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) to revitalize the sector and remove financial challenges.

Editors’ Pick

The Supreme Council of Antiquities announced it will launch a project in October to build an exact, full size replica of Queen Nefertari’s tomb in the Valley of the Queens in Luxor’s west bank, governor of Luxor Major General Tarek Saad el-Din was quoted saying by Al-Shorouq Sunday.

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