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Egypt will not conform to UNHRC pro-homosexuality resolutions: delegate
Egypt will not adhere to any pro-homosexuality resolution approved by the United Nations as they “contradict religion and international laws,” Egypt’s permanent delegate to the United Nations Amr Ramadan was quoted by state news agency MENA on Friday.
The remarks came following the UN Human Rights Council adoption to a resolution on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons, which also condemns violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Sisi orders opening of Rafah crossing until Monday ahead of Eid al Fitr
President Abdel Fatah al Sisi directed to extend the opening of Egypt-Gaza Rafah border crossing for one more day until Monday, Youm7 reported.
The decision came to allow more stranded people from both sides to cross ahead of Eid al Fitr holiday that will start on Wednesday. Last week, the crossing was set to be open for four days; Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday only.
Lifting Sinai from ICAO’s no-fly zone signals ‘success’ for Egypt security: tourism expert
The International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) decision to lift the Sinai Peninsula from the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) warnings worldwide reflects success of Egyptian armed forces in countering terrorism, Atef Abdel Latif, member of the South Sinai Investors Association was quoted by Al Ahram Friday.
The decision will have a positive impact on number of tourists expected to visit Egypt during the upcoming high season, Abdel Latif added.
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis leader arrested
The alleged leader of an Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis cell in Beni Suef has been arrested over charges of assassinating an officer from a police station in the governorate and two low-ranking policemen from the Homeland Security.
Beni Suef security directorate had arrested 22 people from the suspected cell and they referred to Abdel Azim M. as their leader and confessed to 23 attacks, Youm7 reported Friday.
Egypt proposes transmitting black boxes’ data during flights at COPUOS
International bodies are studying Egypt’s proposal that data on planes’ black boxes are trasmitted as they fly via satellites because they are sometimes irrecoverable or irrevocably damages when the crafts crash, Egypt’s representative at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) Alaa al-Nahry told Youm7 in a Friday report.
Nahry spoke to representatives of entities that attend the meetings of COPUOS in the observer capacity, such as the International Telecommunications Union. COPUOS’ 5th session was held in Vienna earlier in June.
Nahry also said he will propose the idea at the meetings of COPUOS’ scientific subcommittee and technical subcommittee in February 2017.
The ill-fated EgyptAir plane’s black boxes were recovered damaged, and while French investigators have repaired the flight data recorder, the voice recorder is still being fixed.
1K cross into Egypt from Gaza in 2 days
A total of 1,014 people crossed into Egypt from Rafah border crossing Wednesday and Thursday, while 806 crossed back into Gaza Strip.
The crossing will continue to be open Friday-Monday. This is the second time the crossing has been opened in one month.
Solar power unit used by militants seized in Central Sinai
A solar power unit, six improvised explosive devices, five circuits, 100 detonators, four Sinai province flags, water, flour, blankets, utensils, 70 batteries, and a preaching book were seized inside a rocky cave in Teret al-Senk Valley in Central Sinai, according to a Friday statement by North Sinai security directorate.
Matrouh lawmaker says Egyptian families trapped in IS-Libyan army battles
Lawmaker of Matrouh Mahdy al-Omda has contacted sovereign bodies after an Egyptian named Abu Bakr residing in Libya called him to report that a number of Egyptian families are trapped in battles between the Islamic State group and the Libyan army, Youm7 reported Friday.