Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news July 6: Crackdown tightens up on Nile safety violations after ferry accident; 6 Egyptians abducted in Libya; 766 prisoners pardoned in Eid
Rescue teams looking for survivors after boat sank in Nile River near Giza's district of Warraq in January 2016. YOUM7.
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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.”

 

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.

 

Politics:

 

766 prisoner pardoned on occasion of Eid el-Fitr 

A total of 766 prisoners have been pardoned on occasion of Eid el-Fitr (breaking the fast feast,) Youm7 reported Wednesday.

A presidential decree was issued last year to allow pardoning inmates with final sentences and those who served half of their prison terms; hundreds of prisoners have been released upon this decision.

However, the decision excludes those who are accused of endangering public security, weapon possession, drug trading, illicit gain and terror-related charges.

 

Six Egyptian expatriates abducted in Libya

Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is following up the incident of kidnapping six Egyptian expatriates by an armed group in Libya’s Tripoli, stated the Minister Aide for Expatriates’ Affairs and Consulates Hesham al-Naqib in a statement.

The Abducted people, originally from Delta’s Dakahlia governorate of Egypt, were on their way from Libya to Egypt to celebrate Eid al-Fitr festivals; however, they have been kidnapped and their release was conditioned by paying the abductors 200,000 Libyan Dinar ($143,397), Youm7 reported Tuesday.

After negotiations between the abductors and the expat’s relatives the amount of money was reduced to 100,000 Libyan Dina. The families have called on President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’ to intervene to save their sons. Relatives said that one of the kidnapped people was killed.

 

Curfew hours in N. Sinai reduced to ‘allow’ residents peform Eid al-Fitr prayer

Curfew hours imposed in some parts of North Sinai governorate were reduced Wednesday to allow the local residents to perform Eid al-Fitr prayer which started at 5:25, Youm7 reported North Sinai governor Gen. Major Abdel Fatah Harhor Tuesday. The curfew has started from 01:00 a.m. and will end at 04:00 a.m. instead of 5:00 a.m.

The state of emergency was imposed first in October 2014 following an attack that killed more than 30 soldiers. Since then, it was extended several times in certain parts. The curfew was imposed as a part of an escalated military campaign that is taking place in the peninsula to combat the rise of militancy, which has been targeting army and police posts and personnel since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

 

Parliamentarians call for withdrawing confidence form Minister of Supply over ‘corruption of wheat supply’

Number parliamentarians have called for withdrawing the confidence from Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafi over corruption of the wheat supply. The House of Representatives has formed a fact-finding committee to investigate into the corruption of the wheat supply after it has been reported that there were allegations of wasting 240 million EGP (about $27 million) of wheat procurement from the silos.

 

Business:

 

Petroleum Ministry provides local market with 4.8 million LPG cylinders during Eid

Ministry of Petroleum announced it will provide the local market with 4.8 million butane gas (LPG) cylinders during the vacation of Eid el-Fitr (breaking the fast feast) in a plan that aims to fulfil citizens’ domestic needs of gas.

Campaigns to be launched in coming days to promote investments in Egypt: Minister 

Egypt’s Minister of Investment Dalia Khorshid announced Tuesday evening that the ministry will launch a group of campaigns and events to promote investments in Egypt, Youm7 reported. She added that an investment conference will be held in the Mediterranean city of Marsa Matrouh after three-day celebration of Eid al-Fitr, which mark the end of Ramadan month.

 

East Port Said’s infrastructure will be done in 38 months: SCA chairperson deputy

Infrastructure ongoing projects in East Port Said area include establishment of three tunnels (two tunnels for cars and a tunnel for trains), Youm7 reported first Aide of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) Chairperson Nasser Foad Wednesday.  Only 30 percent of the projects works have been implemented and it is scheduled that the projects will be done in period of time between 18 and 38 months, he added.

 

Metro to link new administrative capital with 6 October city: proposal

Egypt’s Ministry of Housing announced Tuesday it is studying a proposal to link the new administrative capital with the 6th of October city via metro.

On October 2015, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said that the first phase of the project should be completed in two years. The ambitious urban planning project was announced in March 2015 at the Egypt Economic Development Conference. The timeframe of the project was estimated at between five to seven years, with the total cost estimated at $45 billion.

The new capital city’s governmental district will include ministerial headquarters, public service institutions, halls for international conferences, 15,000 housing units, a public park, and buildings for embassies.

 

Culture:

 

9 zoos open doors for Egyptians in Edi al-Fitr nationwide

Nine Zoos in Egypt have opened their doors Wednesday for the Egyptian visitors and children who celebrate Edi al-Fitr. The zoos have capacity of 300,000 visitors daily, Youm7 reported officials from the Ministry of Agriculture.

 

Egyptians celebrates Eid al-Fitr at graves 

Hundreds of local residents of Luxor governorate have visited the graves on the first day of Eid al-Fitr commemorating their deceased people. Visiting graves in the religious celebration is a habit occurs in Upper Egypt and other rural places in Egypt, although Islamic religion rejects such habit.

 

Black Theama in al-Sawy Wheel on 2d day of Eid

The Black Theama will perform at al-Sawy Wheel Thursday, second day of Edi al-Fitr festival at 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Address: 26th of July street, Zamalek:

Tel: +20227366178, +201000999994, +201000999995

Ticket: 50 EGP

 

Sports: 

 

Egypt Vs Romania in 2016 Women’s handball Junior World Championship Wednesday

Egyptian women national handball team will face its Romanian counterpart Wednesday in the 2016 Women’s Junior World Championship that is taking place in Russia, according to the International Handball Federation website.

 

Zamalek starts training ahead of game with al-Ahly

Football team of Zamalek SC started Wednesday its training, in preparation for coming game against Al Ahly Saturday in the Egyptian Premier League, Youm7 reported. On Tuesday Zamalek team has played against Smouha club on Monday when both teams drew 1-1.

 

Egypt’s Basketball Federation suspends U17 national team coach

Head of Egyptian U17 Basketball national team, Gasser Riyadh, was suspended over his accusations against officials from the Egyptian Basketball Federation of wasting public money, Youm7 reported. Egyptian Basketball national team has participated in the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship that was taking place in Spain in the past few days.

 

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