Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news June 30:Egypt’s armed forces celebrate June 30 anniversary with air shows
Military air shows celebrating 3rd anniversary of June 30 protests
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Egypt “dissatisfied” with Italy senate vote on halting F-16 spar parts supplies: statement

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday expressed dissatisfaction over the recent Italian Senate vote to halt supplies of spare parts of F-16 jets to Egypt, state news agency MENA reported.

“The decision did not take in consideration the extent of cooperation between investigation authorities of the two countries to reveal the truth beyond Juluio Regeni’s murder,” according to the foreign ministry statement.

On Wednesday, the Italian senate voted for halting the supplies to Egypt in protest against the death of Regeni in February.

Black box of EgyptAir flight MS804 shows signs of fire on board

The black box flight recorders on EgyptAir Flight MS804  showed signs of high temperature damage and soot,  Reuters reported the Egyptian committee ,tasked to investigate and the plane crash.  “Those were the first physical signs that fire may have broken out on the A320 airliner, in addition to maintenance messages indicating smoke alarms in the avionics area and lavatory,” Reuters said.

Local

Coptic priest killed outside church in Sinai

A Coptic (Egyptian Christian) priest has been killed in North Sinai’s city of Al Arish, Youm7 reported Thursday citing a statement from the interior ministry.

Rophael Mousa was shot dead outside the Church of the Martyr of St George by unknown assailants, according to the statement. However, the motive behind the attack and those responsible has yet to be revealed.

6 border guards killed in fire exchange with smuggling gang in Farafra: military spox

Two military officers and four conscripts from Egypt’s border guards forces were killed in a shootout with gunmen near Egypt’s western desert oasis of Farafra on Thursday, military spokesperson Mohamed Samir said in a statement.

Samir added that the shootout resulted in the killing of many gunmen who were members of a smuggling gang.

Egypt’s armed forces celebrate June 30 anniversary with air shows

The Egyptian Armed Forces will perform air shows in Cairo and a number of governorates, celebrating the third anniversary of June 30 events that mark mass protests launched against the ex-regime of the Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, who was subsequently ousted on July 3, 2013.

Military bands will be holding concerts in public squares, and the Egyptian Navy will also perform water shows in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

Sadat metro station closed Thursday per security measures: Company

Egypt’s Metro Company decided to close Cairo’s downtown Sadat metro station Thursday per security instructions. Thursday marks the third anniversary of June 30 events that witnessed mass protests against former President Mohamed Morsi.   

Interior Ministry orders release of protesting high school students

A source at the Interior Ministry told Youm7 that high school students who were arrested during Wednesday protests were ordered released per a decision by Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar.

The decision meant to maintain the student’s future, according to the source.

The students staged protests against a decision by the Education Ministry to cancel and postpone their exams over question paper leaks on social media, saying the decision is “unfair” as they have nothing to do with the leaks.

Gov’t: June 30 official paid holiday for public, private sectors

The government has issued a decision to make Thursday an official paid holiday for both public and private sectors, in celebration of the third anniversary of June 30 incidents amid high security presence in the main squares and outside the public and vital institutions, Youm7 reported.

Business

CBE governor denies change to debit card usage rules abroad

Central Bank of Egypt Governor Tarek Amer said on Thursday that there was no change to the rules on using debit cards abroad and that it was up to individual banks to set limits on client usage, according to Reuters.

Amer’s comments came a day after an official CBE letter reviewed by Reuters showed the bank ordered bank chiefs to ban usage of debit cards linked to local currency accounts abroad.

Egypt to return $1bln to Qatar tomorrow: CBE governor

Egypt will return a $1 billion deposit to Qatar, the last of the Qatari deposits at the central bank on Friday, the bank’s Governor Tarek Amer was quoted by Al Ahram.

Qatar gave Egypt $7.5 billion in loans and grants during the one-year tenure of former President Mohamed Morsi but relations between the two countries tensed due to Qatari opposition to Morsi’s ouster in 2013.

Egypt will also repay $800 million of debt to the Paris Club of creditor countries next July, Amer said.

 Eni begins digging for Zohr’s fifth gas well

Italian energy company Eni has finished the digging work of the fourth gas well in Zohr Mediterranean gas field and has begun digging for the fifth well. Six wells should be producing gas by the end of 2017 with a capacity of a billion cubic meters of gas daily.

1888 Menoufia aqueduct to be replaced

A new aqueduct will be established in Menoufia, the Delta to replace the 128-year old Bagouria aqueduct. The project will cost up to 70 million EGP, head of the Water tanks and Aqueduct Sector at the Irrigation Ministry Ahmed Karrat told Youm Thursday.

Mahalla Textiles loses 659.7M EGP

Mahalla Textiles Company lost about 659.7 million EGP in the fiscal year 2015\2016 with plans to reduce losses to 500 million EGP in the next fiscal year, Youm7 reported. The losses were attributed to the lack of cotton, marketing problems, dilapidating machines, and rising gas and fuel prices.

Social

Giza Pyramids decorated to mark June 30 anniversary

Giza Pyramids has been decorated by the date June 30 in green color to mark the third anniversary of June 30 mass protests that took to the streets in 2013 against the ex-regime of President Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted on July 3.

First ballet school kicks off in Upper Egypt

A group of Egyptian youths specialized in arts called “Alwanat” has opened the first ballet school in Upper Egypt’s Minya, reported Youm7. The multi-hall school includes 41 children aged from 4-16 years old.

The children will be trained by specialized trainers, and then will participate in debut ballet shows in Minya. Most ballet training centers are available in Cairo and Alexandria.

Egypt restores ancient limestone tablet from Paris

The Egyptian embassy in Paris received a limestone tablet that dates back to the Thirtieth Dynasty 360-343 BC from Millon auction house in Paris on June 27.

A picture showing the upper half of the ancient Egyptian lioness goddess Sekhmet is carved on the 80-kg restored tablet.

 

Sports

AL ahly coach blames goalkeeper sherif ekramy for asec loss – Africanfootball.com

Al Ahly coach Martin Jol has blamed goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy for the team’s surprise 2-1 home loss to Ivory Coast’s ASEC Mimosas in a CAF Champions League match on Tuesday evening.

The Red Devils suffered their second defeat in the group stage to leave their hopes of progressing into the semifinals hanging by a thread.

El-Ashry appointed new Al-Ahli Tripoli manager – Kingfut.com

Libyan Giants Al-Ahli Tripoli have appointed former Arab Contractors and Ahly Benghazi coach Tarek El-Ashry as their new manager replacing Jamal Benouara.

Egyptian manager Tarek El-Ashry have been appointed as new Al-Ahli tripoli manager, as he signed a 6-months deal with the club in the presence of Sasy Bououne, Al-Ahli Tripoli’s Chairman and Mido Hazeen, El-Ashry’s Agent.

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