UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest July 6: Nile boat carrying 10 Pakistanis sank in Cairo; sexual harassment attempt captured on video
A boat capsized on the River Nile near Cairo's al Warraq District, in January 2016. YOUM7 archive.

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Nile boat carrying 10 Pakistanis sank in Cairo; crackdown tightens up on ferries

Egyptian water bodies police have launched security crackdown against unlicensed Nile boats following the death of four Pakistanis on board of a Nile boat in Cairo’s Warraq district Wednesday, Youm7 quoted Assistant Interior Minister Hamed el-Aqeely as saying.

The ill-fated boat was carrying 10 Pakistani nationals who are living in Cairo; it crashed into the 15th of May Bridge and sank into the Nile after the driver failed to rescue it. Six passengers were rescued, one dead body recovered and search efforts are underway for the three other victims.

A similar crackdown on safety violations in the Nile has been launched in January after a deadly ferryboat accident that killed 15 passengers.


Police disperse gathering of harassers at Cairo park

Youm7 published Wednesday a video that was captured for a number of young men harassing two ladies at Fustat Park on the first day of Eid el-Fitr (Breaking the fast feast.)

The news website said that a number of police forces interfered and dispersed the young men’s gathering away from the women.

On its official Facebook page, Dar el-Ifta; a body authorised to issue religious edicts, is believed to have remarked on the incident in a Wednesday post that says “using violence and force to terrorise people, especially women in the streets, is a major sin, and its prevalence eliminates security and stability that Islamic sharia has urged for.”


8-yr-old child hospitalized over gunshot wound in N. Sinai

Arish hospital in North Sinai received Wednesday an eight-year-old child suffering a gunshot wound, a medical source told Youm7.

The bullet was extracted out of the child’s body and his condition is reportedly stable.


Egyptians perform Eid al-Fitr prayer nationwide

Thousands of Egyptian performed early Wednesday Eid al-Fitr prayer nationwide, the first Islamic ritual that mark the end of Ramadan, the holy month when the Muslims worldwide fast.


Sisi performs Eid al-Fitr prayer at Alexandria

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and a number of Ministers and state officials performed Eid al-Fitr prayer at El-Sayed Mohammed Karim of Alexandria, in the first day of the three-day festivals as the Muslims worldwide celebrate the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.


Transport, Environment on alert to provide best services to the Egyptians in Eid al-Fitr

Bothe the Ministries of Transport and Environment announced the state of emergency nationwide during the celebration of Eid al-Fitr. Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy announced that all natural reserves have been developed to receive around 60,000 visitors nationwide. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Transport’s Egyptian Nation Railways has cancelled employees’ vacations to follow up the railways movement.


Businessman, nun fatally shot in Delta’s Beheira

An Egyptian Businessman and a nun were fatally shot by unknown men, who opened fire at the businessman’s car and leaving him dead and injured his son along Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road in Wadi al-Natroun of Delta’s Beheira; a bullet mistakenly hit the nun when she was riding a bypassing car with other two nuns and a monk. The initial investigations revealed that the businessman has tribal dispute with another family over a piece of land.


Water, electricity outages in three villages ahead of Eid al-Fitr celebration

Local residents of al-Hubail village in Luxor blocked Tuesday evening he international road, in a protest at water outage over 12 hours ahead of celebration of Eid al-Fitr Wednesday. Meanwhile, two other villages in Delta’s Qalyobia and Sohag suffered electricity outages.

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