Military forces are preparing to conduct a massive anti-militant operation in North Sinai in the coming 48 hours, North Sinai Governor Abdel Fatah Harhor told Youm7. He also added 802 homes had been evacuated as part of the operation.
- The American Embassy in Cairo warned of possible terrorist attacks against international schools in Maadi.
Security forces began demolishing houses on Egypt’s border with the Gaza Strip in preparation for creating a buffer zone to prevent the passage of militants and weapons across the frontier.
- Education Minister Mahmoud Abou el-Nasr ordered the creation of a committee to investigate the death of a student at a school in Cairo’s northern district of Obour.
- Security forces killed 10 people, arrested 28 others and destroyed three Ammunition stores following a raid on alleged terrorist hideouts in the North Sinai governorate.
- Three bombs have been defused at Mansoura University and 16 students at Cairo University were expelled for being involved in protests at the campus Wednesday.
Forty-seven families in North Sinai evacuated from their homes have been compensated in cash and land.
- Robert Stephen Ford, the new American ambassador to Egypt, will arrive in Cairo in early November to take office.
- A ferry boat and a cargo ship collided in Luxor, but no casualties have been reported.
- Illicit digging lead to an archaeological discovery at Houd Zelikha village, south of Giza.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said in statements to Saudi Arabian newspaper Okaz that Egypt is “greater than just a chair,” and greater than “the lust for power.” The answer came as a response to a question about if he is thinking of running for a second term.
- Former Wafd Party head and 2005 presidential candidate Noaman Goma has died in Paris after a long period of illness. His body arrived Wednesday night to Cairo Airport in preparation for his funeral.
The Interior Ministry announced it had arrested about 300 people for creating social media pages critical of military and security forces. They added in statements that they are not monitoring all pages or accounts, but only pages that publish aggressive and anti-government rhetoric.
- TV host Mahmoud Saad, who was banned earlier from presenting his show on Al-Nahar TV, returned to hosting Wednesday. He said that even he does not know the real reasons he was banned, but the channel did release a statement saying it would prevent ant-government commentary from appearing on its shows. “Anyway, I’m still here,” Saad said.