UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest July 2: Evacuation of Egypt’s 70 year-old Mogamma al Tahrir kicks off

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Evacuation of Egypt’s 70 year-old Mogamma al Tahrir kicks off

Cairo governorate on Saturday has started the evacuation of the Mogamma; a 70 year-old administrative governmental building overlooking Downtown Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square, Youm7 reported.

Each ministry is expected to have withdrawn its offices from the complex by the end of this month, Ahmed Taimour, deputy Cairo governor told Youm7. Future plans for the 14-storey building are yet to be considered, he added.

Security forces seize arm shipments bound for Sinai

Homeland Security Forces seized dozens of heavy weapons allegedly bound for the Sinia Peninsula, security sources told Youm7.

The arms were found hidden in two pickup vehicles on the borders between Ismailiya and North Sinai governorates, said the source, adding the arms shipment, including 30 sniper rifles, was on its way to militant groups in Sinai.

Hot, humid weather prevails on Sunday, Cairo sees 35 C

Hot and humid weather is predicted to prevail on Cairo, northern parts of Upper Egypt and the Mediterranean coast on Sunday, The Egyptiian Meteorological Authority said Saturday.

Humidity will dominate across the country with very hot weather expected on the southern parts of Upper Egypt.

Cairo will see 35 centigrade degrees, Alexandria 32 C and Aswan 41C.

Families to receive death certificates of EgyptAir flight victims Saturday

A source at the Interior Ministry told Youm7 that civil registry offices will issue Saturday death certificates for the victims of the EgyptAir flight MS804, which crashed into the sea last month, and will submit them to their families.

Cairo Airport thwarts attempt to seize plane engines

Five trucks were stopped at the Cairo Airport after seizing three plane engines illegally sold as part of junk that was loaded on the trucks. A police report was filed regarding the incident, and the owners of the trucks were referred to investigations over the illegal purchase.

Minya sectarian violence to be investigated Saturday

Minya prosecution will begin Saturday investigations into violence incidents that took place in Koum el-Lofy Village, in Upper Egypt, after a number of residents set fire to a house owned by a Christian man over allegations he will transform the house into a church.  Hundreds of residents reportedly gathered outside the house, and some of them burnt it; the fire swept to three nearby houses that belong to the owner of the brothers of Christian man, according to Youm7.

Police have arrested 26 people claimed to be involved in the incidents.

Education Ministry says alleged leaked Dynamics questions “not true”

An official source at the Education Ministry denied that the alleged leaked high school question papers are for the Dynamics exam, which the students are taking on Saturday.

A number of Facebook pages, which are dedicated to leaking exams, have claimed they posted the Dynamics exam question paper. High school students are taking Saturday their Dynamics exam after it was postponed last week per a ministerial decision to curb a wave of exam leaks on social media that has been in full swing since the beginning of the Thanaweya Amma (high school diploma) tests. The ministry said that the postponed exams papers will be printed in secret printing houses.

Study to begin soon at four new universities across Egypt

Ministry of Higher Education has announced that four new universities will start opening their doors for students during this coming period and until June 2018. The four universities are in Marsa Matrouh, Tour, Red Sea and Arish cities.

Cairo intensifies crackdowns at food markets ahead of Eid el-Fitr

Cairo governorate demanded the Veterinary Medicine department to intensify crackdowns at markets and selling shops on a daily basis to maintain validity of the displayed food items as matching health standards, especially ahead of the Eid el-Fitr (Breaking the fast) feast.

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