Egypt’s local news digest July 10 : John Lethbridge’s search for human remains extended to July 18: committee
This picture posted Saturday, May 21, 2016, on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian Armed Forces spokesman shows part of a plane chair from EgyptAir flight 804. Search crews found floating human remains, luggage and seats from the doomed EgyptAir jetliner Friday but face a potentially more complex task in locating bigger pieces of wreckage and the black boxes vital to determining why the plane plunged into the Mediterranean. Arabic reads: “ Part of plane chair”. (Egyptian Armed Forces via AP)

John Lethbridge’s search for human remains extended to July 18: committee

Egypt’s aircraft accident investigation committee announced in a statement it has extended the work period of the John Lethbridge vessel rented by the Egyptian government to search for debris and human remains of thecrashed EgyptAir flight MS804 to July 18, Youm7 reported on Sunday.

The decision comes in the framework of “the Egyptian government’s keenness to ensure all human remains of the victims are pulled out from the crash scene,” said the statement.

The vessel, with Egyptian forensic experts aboard, will make a comprehensive survey on the Mediterranean seabed across the crash site in search for any possible remains there, the statement said.

On May 19, the Airbus A320 has crashed into the eastern Mediterranean en route from Paris to Cairo and all 66 people on board were killed. The cause of the crash remains unknown.


Police conscript shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Sinai’s Arish

A police conscript was shot dead on Saturday by unidentified gunmen on a motorbike in North Sinai’s al-Arish city, a security source told Youm7.

The Ministry of Interior said it is currently reinforcing its presence in the crime scene to arrest the perpetrators.

Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.

On the third anniversary of the 30 June Uprising, a bomb exploded in Al-Arish, leaving one police conscript dead and a police officer and three other conscripts injured.


Court sets Sep. 5 for final verdict on 4 police officers over killing protesters in 2011 uprising

A Qaliuobya criminal court on Saturday has set September 5 as the date for its final verdict on four police officers over charges of killing protesters during the 2011 uprising the toppled Hosni Mubarak, Al Ahram reported.

Head of Qalyubia security directorate and three of his aides were acquitted in 2012 before the Court of Cassation ordered a retrial.

Most of police officers, accused of being involved in killing protesters during the uprising, have been acquitted while the rest continue to face trials. Hundreds of protesters were killed, and thousands injured during the 18 days of the uprising.


991 encroachment cases on agricultural land monitored during Eid al Fitr holiday: report

A total of 991 urban encroachment cases on agricultural land have been monitored across the country during the Eid al Fitr three-day holiday, Youm7 reported Sunday citing a report from the Agriculture Ministry.

According to the report, 424 encroachment cases on a total area of 23 acres have been already removed by concerned security forces. Egypt’s Delta governorates of Sharqia and Qalioubya have witnesses the highest rates of encroachments.

It is estimated that urbanization eats away 16,000 to 20,000 hectares of agricultural land yearly, and 30 percent of the soils most suitable for agriculture are under urban land cover, according to a 2015 report issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO.)


Hot weather in Egypt’s Delta, Cairo on Sunday, Alexandria sees 33 C

Moderate weather is expected to prevail on Egypt’s Mediterranean governorates with highs of 33 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 41 in Sohag and Qena, 43 in Luxor and 44 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.

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