UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest July 1: IS claims responsibility for Coptic priest murder
Islamic States (IS) militants in Sinai. YOUM7 (Archive)
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IS claims responsibility for Coptic priest murder

The Islamic State (IS) militants group has claimed responsibility for the yesterday killing a Coptic priest in Egypt’s North Sinai city of Arish.

“Our soldiers successfully targeted the priest Moussa Azmi, known as Rafael, who combats Islam,” the group said in a statement posted on social media Thursday.

Rev Rophael Mousa was shot dead outside the Church of the Martyr of St George Thursday, according to the Interior Ministry statement.

Egypt’s PM performs Ramadan’s last Friday prayers at al Hussein Mosque

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail performed the last Friday prayers in the fasting month of Ramadan at Cairo’s al Hussein Mosque.

Religious Endowment Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa delivered the Friday sermon focusd on the significance of Laylat al-Qadr; one of the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan month and according to Quran, it is better than 1000 months of worship.

Hot weather prevails Sat., Cairo sees 37

Hot and humid weather will prevail Saturday on the Delta through the northern governorates of Upper Egypt, Egyptian Meteorological Authority predicted Friday.

Cairo will see highs of 36 while moderate weather is expected on the Mediterranean coast cities, Alexandria will see highs of 31 C.

10 decomposed bodies washed up on Matrouh beach over past 24 hrs

A total of 10 dead bodies for people who were on board of a migrants’ boat, have been washed up on the beach in the Mediterranean city of Marsa Matrouh over the past 24 hours, Matrouh security director Hisham Lotfy told Youm7.

Bodies of women and children were among the victims. It was reported that the boat was carrying illegal migrants and that it sank in the sea; the dead bodies then began to surface in different parts near the Mediterranean city.

Lotfy said that it was difficult to identify the bodies as they were all completely decomposed, indicating that the deaths took place a while ago amounts to a month.

14 injured in two-car-accident in Luxor

A two-car-accident in southern Luxor governorate, in Upper Egypt, has left 14 injured who were immediately hospitalized, Youm7 reported late Thursday.

New Egyptian-U.S. Hep C drug to be examined before pumped to markets

The National Organization for Drug Control and Research “NODCAR” announced it is examining a new Egyptian-American cure for Hepatitis C virus before it is pumped into the markets.

Waheed Dous, the head of the National Committee for Control of Viral Hepatitis (NCCVH) told Youm7 that the ministry of Health is planning to propose a tender that will reduce the price of Hep C cure Sovaldi and enable more patients to be treated at liver treatment centers.

Dous added that the NCCVH will provide liver centers with more than 500,000 bottles of the locally-manufactured Harvoni drug through a proposed tender.

Egypt imports 5,000 calves to combat high prices

The General Authority for Veterinary Services has received 5,000 calves imported from Sudan, Ukraine and Hungary to combat high prices during Eid el-Fitr (Feast of breaking fast) where the demand on meat is high.

Officials warn against fishing Mako sharks after attack incident

Officials at the Fisheries Authority have warned against fishing Mako sharks (also known as blue pointer) and cartilaginous fish at all coastal governorates, Youm7 reported.

The decision has been issued by the Environment Ministry a while ago, but the bulletin was re-published after a recent incident of a mako shark attacking a citizen in Suez’s Ain Sokhna city.

The announcement warned against fishing the said types of fish “even if attacked people,” Youm7 quoted the bulletin. The ministry’s decision is meant to protect these fish from extinction.

Despite shark attacks are very rare in Egypt, the recent accident has caused panic among citizens who then demanded authorities to get rid of sharks.

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