UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest July 7:69 sexual harassment incidents reported in Qalyobia in first 2 days of Eid al Fitr
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69 sexual harassment incidents reported in Qalyobia in first 2 days of Eid al Fitr

Security directorate of Egypt’s Delta governorate of Qalyobia on Thursday said it recorded 69 verbal and physical harassment incidents during the first two days of Eid al Fitr holiday, Youm7 reported.

Most of the incidents were committed in public parks by boys of ten to 18 years old. However, no collective harassment cases were reported.

Owner of capsized boat detained for 4 days over killing 4 Pakistani tourists

Owner of the boat that capsized on the Nile River Wednesday was ordered four –day detention pending investigations over killing four Pakistani tourists, , according to state news agency Mena on Thursday.

The boat drowned during a picnic on the first day of Eid al Fitr after it struck into the 6 October bridge. Six passengers survived the accident.

The owner, who is also the boat captain, faces numerous charges including negligence and sailing the boat with invalid license.

80% hotel occupancy rate at Sharm al Sheikh, Hurghada during Eid al Fitr

The hotel occupancy rate in Egypt’s Red Sea resorts of Hurghada and Sharm al Sheikh reached 80 percent during Eid al-Fitr holidays, Sami Mahmoud, head of the Egypt Tourism Authority told MENA Thursday.

More than 90 percent of holidaymakers are Egyptians and Arabs, said Sami who expected more Arab tourists to visit Egypt during the summer season.

Egypt’s tourism sector, which represents 11 percent of the country’s GDP, has been suffering from ongoing shocks ever since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria: nun’s death is “not planned” but by mistake

Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria stated that the death of a nun, who was shot dead on her way to Monastery of Mar Girgis, on Cairo Alexandria Road was “not planned.”

He said during a Wednesday sermon that her death took place due to a fire exchange between unknown men at the time she was riding a bypassing car with other two nuns and a monk.

The incident resulted in the death of a Egyptian Businessman, whom the investigations revealed he had tribal dispute with another family over a piece of land.


Interior Ministry provides phone numbers for human rights-related complaints

The Human rights department at the Interior Ministry has provided phone numbers and email to receive sexual harassment and human rights-related complaints. The ministry statement said that the move comes as part of the “ministry’s respect to personal rights” and aiming to “achieve justice and equality among citizens.”

The phone numbers: (01126977222 – 01126977333 – 01126977444)

Human rights department email: ( E.HumanRightsSector@moi.gov.eg )

Department combating violence against women email: (E.SGBVDepartement@moi.gov.eg)


Giza security director: no harassment complaints on 1st day of Eid

Giza security director Ahmed Hegazy said “no complaints of harassment, theft or fights received on the first day of Eid el-Fitr,” in statements to Youm7.

Meanwhile, the anti-harassment police department stated late on Wednesday received 10 harassment complaints. Youm7 has posted a video showing a group of young men harassing two women in Giza’s Fustat Park, while the police forces interfered and dispersed the men.


Irrigation Minister raises readiness state to face water shortage in governorates

Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Atty decided to raise the state of readiness during Eid el-Fitr vacation, to face water shortage problem in some governorates.


Arts Faculty at Ain Shams University seeks ISO degree: dean

An anonymous source at the Faculty of Arts at Ain Shams University has stated to Youm7 that the faculty has been accredited by the National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education.

The dean of the faculty, Suzan el-Qaeleeny, told Youm7 that the faculty is seeking to earn the ISO degree, and that there will be cooperation with Bibliotheca Alexandrina to provide the faculty with 30 computers connected to international universities in addition to video conference rooms.


Cairo sees highs of 36°C Thursday

Forecasters expected a moderate/warm weather to prevail across the country Thursday; Cairo will see highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C. On the other hand, the temperature will remain high in southern Upper Egypt cities reaching highs of 41°C in both Luxor and Aswan tourist cities.

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