Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news July 3:Sisi attends 3rd anniv. celebration of June 30 at Cairo Opera House
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7 Egyptian pilgrims killed, 16 injured in bus accident in Saudi Arabia

At least 7 Egyptian pilgrims were killed and 16 others injured Saturday night in a bus crash in Saudi Arabia, according to the foreign ministry statement.

A total of 49 passengers of different nationalities were on board of the bus, which overturned on a road connecting the Saudi cities of Riyadh and Taif. Initial investigations showed that the accident happened due to a burst tire, according to Al Ahram.

The passengers were in Saudi Arabia performing the Umrah, a Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.

EgyptAir operates daily flight to China’s Guangzhou

EgyptAir will operate a daily flight to China’s Guangzhou starting from Tuesday, Safwat Mosallam, Chairman of Egyptair Holding Company was quoted by state news agency MENA.

Egypt’s national carrier used to operate five flights per week to China’s Guangzhou, the move reflects the importance of Chinese tourism market to Egypt, Mosallam added.

Egypt retrieves 2,300 year-old relief from auction house in Paris

The Egyptian embassy in Paris has received a 2,300 year-old painted limestone wall relief which was stolen and smuggled to France during the 2011 uprising, the Antiquities Ministry announced in a statement Sunday.

Diplomatic effort succeeded in saving the artifact from being sold at an auction house in Paris. The artifact in question dates back to the reign of Nectanebo II (around 340 B.C.) Egypt’s last pharaoh, according to the statement.

Parliamentary delegation mediates between Fayoum families where man was paraded in lingerie 

A parliamentary delegation has intervened to reach reconciliation between two families in Fayoum, where a man was paraded in lingerie by his wife’s family, Member of Parliament Rabei Abou Latia told Youm7 in a Sunday report. The man had put pictures of his wife in the same lingerie on social media as she asked for divorce.

Egypt keeps removing oil slick along 5 kilos of Hurghada’s shores

For the eighth day in a row, Egypt’s Ministries of Environment and Petroleum continued their efforts to remove an oil spill spotted in the shores of Red Sea’s Hurghada since June 24, Youm7 reported head of the Central Administration for Environmental Disasters and Crises Kawrthar Hanafi. The slick of oil is estimated five kilos in length and five meters in width.

 

Politics

UNHRC approves Egypt’s draft resolution on family protection

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Saturday voted in favor of a draft resolution presented by Egypt on family protection, Amr Ramadan, Egypt’s envoy to the UN was quoted by state news agency MENA.

The resolution, which also tackles rights of people with disabilities, is part of an initiative launched by to promote human rights.

Sisi attends 3rd anniv. celebration of June 30 at Cairo Opera House

Egypt President Abdel Fatah al Sisi attended celebrations of the third anniversary of June 30 mass protest that toppled president Mohamed Morsi on Sunday.

The celebration, which was organized at the Cairo Opera House was attended by wide array of government officials, public and media figures.

10 militants killed in North Sinai fresh army raid

Egypt’s anti-terror forces have killed 10 militants and arrested three others in a military air raid in troubled North Sinai on Sunday, security source told Youm7.

The raids targeted hideouts of militants at Rafah, Sheikh Zuwayed and Arish, said the source adding that security forces thwarted attempts carried out by militants to attack three security checkpoints in North Sinai.

Terrorist attacks in Egypt have killed hundreds of security forces in recent years.

Aboul Gheit officially takes up Arab League Secretary General post

Former Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abu el-Gheit officially took up Sunday post of the Arab League Secretary-General to be a successor to Nabil al-Arabi.  The diplomat has made several strong anti-Iran statements, and emphasized the importance of keeping the Syrian army intact, regardless of the fate of President Bashar al-Assad. Egypt has monopolized the position of SC of the Arab League since its foundation in 1945, except for a Tunisian who assumed the post for about 11 years in an anti-Egypt stance following its peace treaty with Israel.

Egypt’s al-Azhar condemns Bangladesh attack

Al-Azhar Institution has strongly condemned the terrorist attack that targeted a restaurant in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka and claimed lives of 20 people, mostly foreigners, and injured several others, according to a statement issued form the Islamic Sunni Institution Saturday. “Such criminal acts are far away from the tolerant teachings of the Islamic religion,” the statement read.

Human Rights Committee probes Minya sectarian violence

The Egyptian National Council for Human Rights (ENCHR) will send Sunday a committee to investigate 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, Youm7 reported ENCHR Chairperson George Isehaq.

Parliament’s fact-finding on corruption of wheat supply asks more data from Military, Agriculture bodies

The Agriculture Committee of Egypt’s House of Representatives and chairman of the fact-finding committee on the corruption of the wheat supply have addressed the Ministry of Agriculture, the Military Engineering Authority (MEA), and a number of international experts to provide information and data on the wheat supply, Youm7 reported. There are allegations of wasting 240 million EGP (about $27 million) of wheat procurement from the silos.

 

Business

 

EGX30 rises by 0.6%, reaches 6,892 points on Sunday

The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) surged on Tuesday boosted by local institutions as well as Arab and foreign buying appetite, Youm7 reported.

Egypt’s main index EGX30 gained 0.6 percent to reach 6982 points.

Inventory of private wheat silos will be finished in a month: minister

The inventory of wheat stored in private silos would be completed within a month, Al Ahram quoted Supply Minister Khaled Hanafy Sunday.

“It is impossible to re-count five million tons but we will take random samples in various places,” Hanafy told Reuters.

The statement came amid fraud allegations prompted from officials from what industry, traders and parliamentarians.

Yields rise on Egypt’s 91-day, 266-day T-bills

Yields on Egypt’s three-month and nine-month treasury bills rose at an auction on Sunday, data from the central bank showed, according to Reuters.

The average yield on Egypt’s 91-day bill rose to 13.974 percent from 13.960 percent at the last sale, on June 26.

Egypt asks for $500 million, 2nd installment of Saudi 2.5 billion garnt

Early June, Egypt has asked for $500 million installment Saudi Arabia, the second installment of 2.5 billion grant to establish a number of projects in Egypt, an Egyptian official told al-Mal newspaper Saturday evening.  On June1, Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation Sahr Nasr has announced that Egypt has received the first installment of $500 million. The grant has been signed between both side in April during Saudi King Salman bin Abdelaziz’s visit to Egypt.

CBE governor hints to decrease the exchange rate- Reuters

Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) Tarek Amer strongly hinted that the bank will decrease the exchange rate, saying, “I will not rejoice stability of the exchange rate and factories parked” and that “the decline in the pound has pros for the development of exports,” Reuters reported him in an interview with three newspapers.

 

Social

1st  Suez Canal International Festival for Arts convenes August 17-24

Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chairperson Mohab Mamish has approved a request to hold the first round of Suez Canal International Festival for Arts on August 17-24 in the Suez and Ismailia cities, Youm7 reported. The Festival will be organized in cooperation with Italy in light of encouraging the Egyptian tourism. A total of 30 Italian artists will participate in the festival.

Egypt opens King Farouk’s rest house in Helwan in few weeks: Minister

Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anani has announced that the government will open the Late Egyptian King Farouk’s rest house in Helwan, which has turned into a museum includes artifacts belonged to the Muhammad Ali dynasty,  within coming few weeks, Youm7 reported.

Hundreds of Muslims pray ‘Tarawih’ outside  Alexandria’s  Coptic Orthodox church

Hundreds of Egyptian Muslims have performed Tarawih prayer Saturday evening in the vicinity of Alexandria’s  Coptic Orthodox church of Saint Mark and Pope Peter in the Sidi Bishr. The Church locates near a mosque in eastern city, Youm7 reported.

Sports

Martin Jol: Al Ahly need to sign a new goalkeeper

Al Ahly manager Martin Jol announced the team’s 21-man squad set to face Ittihad of Alexandria in gameweek 33 of the Egyptian Premier League on Sunday.

The squad witnessed the exclusion of goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy after his poor displays in the team’s previous matches.

Trezeguet scores in second consecutive match for Anderlecht

Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ seems to have enjoyed having his name on the scoresheet, as he scored in his second consecutive match for Anderlecht.

Trezeguet scored a goal in his side’s 6-1 victory against KSV Bornem on Saturday, few days after scoring the opening goal in the team’s 4-1 win against KSV Oudenaarde, which was their first pre-season friendly.

 Al Ahly to face Ittihad Sunday in 33rd round of Egyoptian Premier League 

The Cairo giants will face Ittihad at Borg El-Arab stadium Sunday in Egyptian Premier League ,YOUM7 reported.

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