Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news July 5: EgyptAir voice recorder indicates attempt to put out fire before crash
The picture was posted May 21 on the Facebook page of the Military Spokesperson Mohamed Samir showing debris of the crashed EgyptAir MS804 plane, life jackets and people belongings. The military announced May 20 that some human remains and parts of the plane were found amid search efforts.
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EgyptAir voice recorder indicates attempt to put out fire before crash-Reuters

Audio from the flight deck voice recorder of EgyptAir MS804 indicates an attempt to put out a fire on board the jet before it crashed into the Mediterranean, sources on the investigation committee said on Tuesday.

649 Prisoners pardoned ahead of Eid al Fitr

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi issued a decree on Tuesday to pardon 649 prisoners on the occasion of Eid al Fitr and the 64thanniversary of the 1952 Revolution, Youm7 reported.

Names are not available thus far but high-profile activists are most likely excluded from the list of those granted the pardon.

The decision is customary among Egypt presidents who pardon inmates national and religious holidays.

EgyptAir operates 189 flights to Red Sea resorts ahead of Eid al Fitr

EgyptAir will operate a total of 189 flights from Cairo to the Red Sea resorts of Hurghada and Sharm al Sheikh during the three day long Eid al Fitr holiday, Youm7 reported.

EgyptAir and EgyptAir Express started the operation of 105 flights to Sharm al Sheikh and 84 flights to Hurghada over the course of the next three days, Safwat Musslam, head of EgyptAir Holding Company told Youm7.

Eid al Fitr will start on Wednesday. Prime Minister Sherif Ismail announced the Eid al Fitr holiday starts from Tuesday for three days.

Army kills 19 militants in air raid in Sinai

A total of 19 militants were killed in “successful pre-emptive air strikes” against terrorist elements in North Sinai, security source told Youm7 Tuesday.

The raids were carried out by troops from the third field army in North Sinai’s cities of Rafah, Sheikh Zuwayed and Aris. The troops were able to neutralize or destroy 30 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that were planted to target moving units northwest of Mount Halal, according to the source

Marsa Matrouh receives 75 decomposed bodies in 2 months due to illegal immigration

Hospitals in the Mediterranean city of Marsa Matrouh have received 75 decomposed dead bodies of victims of illegal immigration over the past two months, security director of Marsa Matrouh Hisham Lotfy told Youm7.

22 houses evacuated in Dabaa that will host Egypt’s 1st nuclear power plant

A total of 22 houses in the residential city of Dabaa, in Marsa Matrouh, have been evacuated as the city will host Egypt’s first nuclear power plant. The evacuated residents were promised compensations.

Politics

Egypt voices reservation about Turkey’s ‘floundering’ regional policies

Egypt voices reservations about the Turkish leadership insisting on adopting “floundering” regional policies, Ahmed Abu Zeid, spokesperson for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.

The remarks came in response to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement on Tuesday saying that his country’s problem with Egypt is not with the Egyptian people but it “is an issue with its administration, particularly with its ruler,” according to Anadolu Agency.

He also criticised certain court verdicts related to the Muslim Brotherhood.

“Erdogan must always remember that the Egyptian President was elected by the Egyptian people in a free and democratic election,” said Abu Zeid.

Egypt follows abduction of 6 citizens in Libya

The Foreign Ministry announced in a statement it coordinates with Libyan authorities to release six Egyptian nationals, reportedly abducted by armed militants, Youm7 reported.

The Egyptian citizens were traveling on Beni Waleed –Mosrata desert road before they were stopped by an armed group and taken to an unknown place, said Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs and Egyptian Expatriates Hisham al-Naqib.

Naqib reiterated warnings to Egyptians in Libya that they should exercise extreme caution and stay away from regions of tension and clashes.

Egyptian hijacker’s lawyer seeks human rights expert

The lawyer for an Egyptian hijacker fighting his extradition has been given 17 days by a Cypriot court to seek out a human rights expert who could support Seif Eddin Mustafa’s argument that being sent back could put his life at risk, according to the Associated Press.

Judge Dona Constantinou on Tuesday granted lawyer Robertos Brahimis’ adjournment request so as not to deny Mustafa’s main line of defense against his extradition.

Egypt chosen to hold co-presidency of Union for the Mediterranean

Egyptian Ambassador Ihab Badawy was unanimously elected as deputy secretary general of the Union for the Mediterranean, an official from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry was quoted by Youm7.

The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is an intergovernmental organization of 43 countries from Europe and the Mediterranean Basin: the 28 member states of the European Union and 15 Mediterranean partner countries from North Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Europe.

Rafah border crossing closes Tuesday after 5-day opening 

The Egypt-Gaza border crossing of Rafah was closed early Tuesday after it opening for five consecutive days, during which hundreds of travelers crossed in both directions, Youm7 reported.

In the fourth day, the border received 999 travelers; 680 arrived in Egypt and 319 left for the Gaza Strip. Those who crossed the border were Palestinian patients, passengers, students, and dual citizens.

Pre-trial detention of lawyer Malek Adly extended for 15 days

The pre-trial detention of human rights lawyer Malek Adly and three others was extended Monday for 15 days pending investigations over charges of attempting to overthrow the regime, Youm7 reported.

Adly was arrested on May 5 in Cairo’s district of Maadi; an arrest warrant had been issued April 25 for “inciting protests.” Demonstrations against Egypt’s transfer of the sovereignty of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia erupted April 15 and April 25.

Business

Italy’s Eni says drilling off Cyprus to start next year

The chief executive of Italian oil and gas company Eni says exploratory drilling off Cyprus’ southern shore will begin next year, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Claudio Descalzi said after talks with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades Tuesday that drilling will “for sure” start in 2017.

Egypt to receive $ 33.3 mln 2nd installment of UAE $200 mln loan in October

Egypt will receive $33.3 million in soft loans from the UAE Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development in October to finance small and medium enterprises, an Egyptian official told Youm7 on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to brief the media Monday.

The amount of money is the second installment of $200 million loan that was signed between both countries in November 2014. It was agreed that the loan will be delivered to Egypt over six installments.

Egypt’s budget deficit hikes to 311 bln EGP in FY 2015/2016: Finance Ministry

Egypt’s budget deficit hiked to 311 billion EGP ($35 billion) -11.2 percent of GDP- during the period of time between July 2015 and May 2016, compared with 262 billion EGP ($29 billion) in the same period of the previous year, according to a bulletin issued Monday from the Ministry of Finance.

Egypt’s foreign reserves increase by $25 mln in June: CBE

Egypt’s foreign reserves have increased to $17.546 billion at the end of June, compared to $17.521 billion at the end of May, with an increase of about $ 25 million, according to the official website of the Central Bank of Egypt Monday.

Social

30 natural reserves across Egypt to open in Eid el-Fitr

A total of 30 natural reserves across Egypt will open its doors for visitors during celebrations of the three-day Eid el-Fitr (Breaking the fast feast,) which will begin Wednesday, Youm7 reported.

The reserves represent 17 percent of Egypt’s area; they include natural and heritage reserves and public parks.

Environment Minister Khaled Fahmy stated that the reserves have been prepared to receive more than 60,000 visitors this year.

Animal Museum at Giza Zoo opens for first time during Eid el-Fitr

The animal museum at the Giza Zoo will be opened for visitors for the first time during Eid el-Fitr (breaking the fast feast,) Youm7 reported.

The museum displays a hundred of mummified birds and animals, including: 1,352 birds, 555 mammals, 259 reptiles, 115 skulls and 35 skeletons.

“Egypt is beautiful in Graffiti eyes” competition kicks off July 27

Bayt Al-Sennary, (the Sennary House,) will organize a competition titles “Egypt beautiful in Graffiti eyes” on July 27, reported Youm7.

An art exhibition is expected to be held on the sidelines of the contest in recognition for the message of Graffiti art and its role in beautifying ugly concrete blocks.

Bayt Al-Sennary operates as a cultural outlet in the historic neighborhood of Sayeda Zeinab in Cairo.

July 7: Myriam Fares gives concert in Sharm el-Sheikh

The Lebanese singer Myriam Fares will hold a concert Thursday at Cleopatra Luxury Resort in Sharm el-Sheikh city, south Sinai, according to De Cairo website. The time of concert marks the second day of Eid- el-Fitr (breaking the fast feast;) it is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

For reservations, you can contact the organizers on: +2 069 371 0850 or via email: reservation@cleopatraluxurysharm.com

Sports

Hull’s Ahmed Elmohamady looking forward to leicester clash – African football.com

Hull City’s Egyptian international Ahmed Elmohamady says he is looking forward to the challenge of facing champions Leicester City in the opening round of the 2016/17 Premier League.

Smouha spoil Zamalek’s boost ahead of Cairo derby – Ahram online

A late goal by Mahmoud Ezzat earned Smouha a precious 1-1 draw against Zamalek on Monday, preventing the Whites from a morale-boosting win ahead of the last-day derby match with recently-crowned league champions Ahly.

‘I’m building a new team,’ Jol on expensively-assembled Ahly squad – Ahram online

Ahly boss Martin Jol stated that he is working on building a new team for Egyptian league winners Ahly following their low-key 1-1 home draw with Alexandria’s Ittihad at the Borg El-Arab Stadium on Saturday.

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