UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest July 9:Bodies of 3 drowned Pakistanis recovered
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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Security beefed up in Suez ahead of anticipated Cairo derby

Security forces have reinforced their presence throughout the Suez governorate on Saturday ahead of the anticipated Cairo Derby between al Ahly and Zamalek in the last round of the Egyptian premier league scheduled to take place at 09:30 p.m. at an army –owned stadium, Youm7 reported.

The Ministry of Interior said on Friday the 112th derby will be played behind closed doors and warned fans of the two teams to approach the stadium vicinity on Saturday.

The Red Devils have already secured the domestic title with a win over Ismaily late June. They collected 75 points, seven ahead of Cairo rivals Zamalek who won title last season for first time since 2004.

Bodies of 3 drowned Pakistanis recovered

Bodies of three Pakistani tourists were pulled out after their boat collided with a pillar of bridge over river Nile in Cairo and sunk in early hours on Wednesday, Youm7 quoted an Interior Ministry official Saturday.

The bodies of the husband, the wife and a 5-year-old daughter were recovered while work is underway to look for the fourth victim; a two-year-old baby, according to the official.

Six other Pakistanis luckily survived the accident without major injury. On Thursday, owner of the boat was ordered a 4-day detention by the Attorney General on charges including sailing with invalid license and negligence.

Trial of press syndicate head, 2 members postponed to July 16

The Qasr el Nil Misdemeanour Court on Saturday adjourned to July 16 the trial of Egypt’s Press Syndicate head and two senior board members to hear testimonies, Youm7 reported.

The syndicate head Yahia Qalash along with members Khaled el Balshy and Gamal Abdel Reheim are facing numerous charges including harboring wanted journalists inside the syndicate headquarters and spreading false news.

Egypt tourism revenue down 40% in last 9 months of 2015-16 FY

Egypt’s revenues from tourism have declined by 40.5 percent during the last nine months of 2015-2016 fiscal year to register $3.3 billion down from $5.5 billion during the same period in the 204-15 fiscal year, according to the Central Bank of Egypt’s report on Saturday.

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.

More than 14.7 million tourists visited Egypt in 2010, dropping to 9.8 million in 2011.

Hot weather in Egypt’s Delta, Cairo on Sunday, Alexandria sees 32 C

Moderate weather is expected to prevail on Egypt’s Mediterranean governorates with highs of 32 C degrees in Alexandria on Sunday while a slight increase in temperature and humidity rates will be felt in the Delta through Cairo, the Egyptian Meteorological Authority announced Saturday.

Weather in Upper Egypt governorates will by much hotter with highs of 40 in Sohag and Qena, 41 in Luxor and 43 in Aswan.

Waves on the Mediterranean are expected to reach 1.5 – 2 meters high, while the Red Sea will see waves of 2 – 2.5 meters.

Cairo Metro operation hours start 5:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m

Three lines of Cairo Metro will daily operate from 5:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. of the following day, said Khaled Al-Sabra, Cairo Metro managing director Friday evening. The operation hours have been extended to 2:00 a.m. during the holy Ramadan, the ninth month of Ramadan where the Muslims worldwide fast.

1.5 million Egyptian families to be listed in State’s health care program by July 30: official

1.5 million Egyptian poor families will be listed in the state’s public health care system by July 30, Youm7 reported Health Care Program Manager Hala Masekh. She stated that the number of people, who are unable to afford health care expenses, reached 23.6 million people.

26K kilometers water pipelines require immediate maintenance

A total of 26,000 kilometers of pipelines of water network nationwide need immediate maintenance to prevent causing floods, Drinking Water and Sanitation Holding Company chairperson Mamdouh Raslan told Youm7 Friday evening. He noted that the maintenance costs are estimated at 8 billion EGP.

Alexandria arrests 25 harassers in 3rd day of Eid al-Fitr festivals

Alexandria security forces arrested on a total of 25 people, allegedly accused of harassment, Friday, the third day of Eid al-Fitr festivals. The arrests took place outside the public parks and the cinemas. A day before, eight harassers and a number of outlaws, including 67 people who were carrying bladed weapon, were arrested.

 

2nd group of Egyptian nuclear scientists arrives in Cairo

The Cairo International Airport received Friday, the second group of the delegation of Egyptian scientists, who are residing in Canada, on board of EgyptAir plane from Munich. The delegation’s visit came in light of a campaign launched by the Ministry of Emigration to get benefits from the Egyptian expatriates’ expertise in field of nuclear power.

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