Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis is increasingly following in the footsteps of the Islamic State by posting videos of its operations and seizing the belongings of its military and police victims.
- The attorney general’s office agreed to deliver the investigation documents of events following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, including the dispersal of the demonstrations outside the Republican Guard headquarters and the sit-in at Rabaa al-Adaweya Square.
Minister of Irrigation Hossam Moghazy announced that the amount of water discharged from behind the High Dam in Aswan will be increased to raise electric energy generated from the dam through operating the turbines. He said the move is aimed to prevent another mass blackout like the one that occurred Thursday.
The ministry also announced it would raise a state of emergency at all water pumping stations after 90 percent of the stations were disrupted by the blackout.
- The antiquities area in eastern Luxor used electricity generators to light up the Tomb of the Kings after the blackout.
- The Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, Hisham Ramez, told Al-Ahram that 3.5 billion EGP ($489 million) was earned from the first day of Suez Canal investment certificate sales Thursday.
The exchange rate between the Egyptian pound and U.S. dollar is 13 piasters lower on the black market due to Egyptians selling dollars to buy Suez Canal investment certificates, available only in pounds.
- Business Tycoon Hussein Salem gave up 36 acres of land in Luxor governorate as part of a deal for the government to drop a lawsuit of illegal land seizure against him. Salem was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling electricity to bodies other than the Egyptian Electricity Authority.
- 2,000 teachers alleged to be affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood were transferred to administrative positions.
The Salafi Call filed a lawsuit against Minister of Endowment Mokhtar Gomaa before the Administrative Judicial Court after his decision for the ministry to take control of Salafi mosques and ban Salafists from preaching.
- Tunisia released 27 Egyptian fishermen accused of illegally entering Tunisian territorial waters.