Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news July 7:Owner of capsized boat detained for 4 days over killing 4 Pakistani tourists
Rescue teams looking for survivors after boat sank in Nile River near Giza's district of Warraq in January 2016. YOUM7.


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)


No information available about 6 Egyptian abductees: Libya forces

The Libyan forces loyal to the UN-backed unity government said there are no information available so far about the six Egyptian nationals, who were abducted earlier this week by IS militants, Youm7 reported Thursday.

Reda Eissa, member of the Libya’s Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous forces media center said the area where the Egyptians were reportedly abducted is not in the forces’ operation range against Is militants in Libya.

The abductees, who work in Tripoli, were taken to an unknown place between Beni Walid and Misrata, Hisham el Naqib, Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs was quoted by MENA Tuesday.

He added that the Foreign Ministry and the Egyptian Embassy in Libya are sparing no effort to check on the kidnapped Egyptians and free them as soon as possible.

Egypt considers retaliating for Italy’s decision to cut military supplies

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday it considers retaliating against Italy for halting military supplies to protest the killing of an Italian student earlier this year, according to Reuters.

“We regret the decision and are considering taking similar measures that affect areas of cooperation with Italy,” Reuters quoted a foreign ministry statement.

Egypt-Italy relations have strained over the Italian student’s murder, as the Italian side complained that Egyptian authorities have not cooperated well to disclose the perpetrators.

Egypt’s prosecution reviews initial report on data from MS804 cockpit voice recorder

Egypt’s state security prosecution began reviewing the Aircrafts Accident Investigation Committee’s initial reports on data from the cockpit voice recorder of EgyptAir MS804 that crashed over the eastern Mediterranean in May, security source told Youm7 Thursday.

On Tuesday, the committee said that audio from the cockpit voice recorder indicates an attempt to put out a fire on board the jet before it crashed.

On May 19, the Airbus A320 crashed into the Mediterranean en route from Paris to Cairo. All 66 passengers on board were killed.

Lawyer of Minya Copts: pressures by MPs to accept reconciliation over elderly woman’s assault

The head of defense coalition for El-Karam Village Copts in Minya, Ehab Ramzy told Youm7 that the lawyers of residents whose houses were burnt are facing pressures by parliamentarians to accept reconciliation and close the case of assaulting, stripping naked an elderly woman for ever.

Ramzy said that he was surprised by the prosecution’s decision to release the main accused on bail; however he incited the incident by spreading rumors that his ex-wife was having affair with a Coptic man. The incident led to mob attack by hundreds of Muslims who set fire to some Copts’ houses.

Tawfiq Okasha investigated over accusations of kidnapping his son

Mansoura Prosecution begins investigations with expelled parliamentarian Tawfiq Okasha after his ex-wife Reda el-Kerdawy accused him of kidnapping their 10-yr old son “Youssef.”

Kerdawy said that Okasha claimed he wants to see his son, escorted him to the car and took him. Kerdawy said that when her brother tried to stop him, Okasha threatened him with a gun.

Kerdawy is also reportedly in police custody as Okasha accused her of assaulting him and damaging his car.


Italy’s Saipem wins $1.7 b contract to deliver gas from Egypt’s Zohr field

Italian LNG and energy engineering company Saipem was awarded contracts and variation orders worth $1.7 billion for developing the Zohr natural gas field, located off the Egyptian coast in the Mediterranean Sea, Saipem said in a statement Thursday.

Work will start in July 2016 and is due to be completed by the end of 2017, according to the contract.

The scope of work of the contract encompasses the installation of a 26-in. gas export trunkline and 14-in. and 8-in. service trunklines, as well as EPCI work for the field development in deep water (up to 1,700 m) of six wells and the installation of the umbilical system, according to the statement.

Social fund for developments, NBE sign agreement to fund MSEs

The Social Fund for Development has signed an agreement with the National Bank of Egypt to fund small and medium-sized enterprises across the country at an amount of 100 million EGP through NGOs and funding companies, Youm7 reported Thursday.

Funded by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD), the agreement aims to establish new micro-sized enterprises and to help in developing and expanding existing ones.

Egypt’s GDP rises to 1.4 trillion EGP within 6 months: report

A monthly report by the Ministry of Finance revealed that Egypt’s total Gross domestic product increased to 1.4 trillion EGP ($112 billion) within the first six months of the past fiscal year 2015/2016 compared to 1.3 trillion EGP during the same period of the fiscal year 2014/2015.

The GDP is the monetary value of all goods and services produced within a country’s borders in a specific period of time.

CAPMAS: population census to begin Aug. 20

The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) has announced that the general census of population and facilities across the governorates will kick off on Aug. 20, 2016 through Feb.9, 2017.

Price of imported auto parts up 30%: Chamber of Engineering Industries

The Chamber of Engineering Industries at the Federation of Egyptian Industries said that the prices of imported auto parts increased by 30 percent after traders raised its prices amid dollar crisis, Youm7 reported. He added that the prices of the locally-manufactured auto parts increased by 15 percent as imported fabrics are used in its production.


Sand burial treatment begins in Siwa Oasis after Eid el-Fitr

The medical tourism season in Egypt’s Siwa Oasis will begin after Eid el-Fitr, with patients burying themselves up to their necks for desert sand baths.

People suffering rheumatism, joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis and blood circulation diseases usually head to Siwa in July and August for treatment by sand baths that would last up to 9 days according to each patient.

People suffering heart diseases should not undergo the treatment, Mohamed Omran, a member of board of directors of Siwa Association for Tourism services and Environment told Youm7.

Omran added that the oasis will continue receiving local and foreign visitors after Eid vacation and until mid-September.

Cairo University’s President slams Ramadan dramas as sending ‘negative values’ to youth

President of Cairo University Gaber Nassar criticized Ramadan dramas as providing bad values to youth like: “thuggery, smoking, drinking wine, adultery, violence and social disintegration,” in a post on his official Facebook page.

He added that the state has done nothing to stop these bad thoughts from spreading among youth and lead to spread of crime that the state is fighting to curb.

Antiquities Min. to submit risk assessment of Pharaoh Island to UNESCO

Ministry of Antiquities is soon to finalize drafting a report on risk assessment of Pharaoh’s Island on Taba’s coast in order to be submitted to UNESCO to register the island on the World Heritage list, Youm7 quoted Mamdouh Ouda, the director of the Crisis and risk Management department at the Ministry.

Ouda said that the ministry is carrying out an evaluation program to avoid risks and crises at the island, adding that lack of rain water drainage and humidity were among the highest risks in the area.

16K Egyptians, 1000 foreigners visited Giza Pyramids 1st day of Eid

The total number of Egyptian visitors at Giza Pyramids on the first day of Eid el-Fitr reached 16,000, while foreign visitors exceeded 1000 tourists, Ashraf Mohey, the head of Pyramids tourist area told Youm7.


Trezeguet scores, assists in Anderlecht friendly victory – Kingfut.com

Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ has scored and assisted in Anderlecht’s 4-1 friendly win over Oud-Heverlee Leuven on Wednesday.
The 21-year-old Egyptian midfielder came on as a substitute at the one-hour mark and managed to provide the assist for his side’s third goal and score the fourth.

Zamalek’s Obama extends Ittihad loan – Kingfut.com

Zamalek striker Youssef Ibrahim ‘Obama’ has extended his loan at Ittihad of Alexandriafor another season.
The 21-year-old spent the 2015/16 season at Ittihad, where he scored seven goals in 31 games to become the club’s top scorer.

Stoke City agree £3.5m fee for Al Ahly’s Ramadan Sobhi – source – Espn.com

Stoke City have agreed a £3.5 million fee for Egypt international Ramadan Sobhi, a source close to the player has told ESPN FC.
Sources told ESPN FC last month that Stoke had made a bid for Al Ahly attacking midfielder Sobhi, 19, who had also attracted interest from Arsenal and Roma.

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