Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news July 10: Egypt’s FM pushes for peace talks in rare visit to Israel; Health Min. proposes law to toughen FGM punishment
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Health Min. proposes law to toughen FGM punishment 

The Ministry of Health has proposed a draft law to toughen the punishment imposed on those involved in carrying out FGM crime, whether they are medical team or parents, in order to eliminate the phenomenon within a short term.

An official source at the ministry told Youm7 that the proposed law will be submitted to the parliament for adoption.

 

Naval forces arrest 152 unregistered migrants near Alexandria: military spox

A total of 152 unregistered migrants, including Egyptians and foreigners, have been arrested by naval forces near Alexandria shores, Military Spokesperson Mohamed Samir announced Sunday.

The arrested foreigners include Sudanese, Somalis, Yemenis, Syrians, Ethiopians, Palestinians and Eritreans.

The military has previously announced arresting hundreds of people over illegal immigration at Egypt’s different borders, which have witnessed heightened security measures to curb the illegal practice.

 

Hospital sued over new-born dislocated arm 

An employee has filed a report against Imbaba Hospital accusing doctors of “medical negligence” after his new born child’s arm was dislocated during his wife’s delivery.

The man said that the size of his child’s arm has increased in a strange way becoming “similar to bodybuilders,” but the doctors denied the accusation and said that it is a “birth defect.”

 

Politics:

On rare Israel visit, Egyptian FM calls for 2-state solution 

The Egyptian foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that his visit to Israel Sunday comes as part of the President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s vision to put an end to the Israeli-Palestinian long conflict and achieve a comprehensive and fair peace between both countries. He said that since the peace talks have stopped in 2014, the situation has got worse and humanitarian crisis in Palestinian has increased, adding that it is difficult now to accept the call for “maintaining the status quo.”

Shoukry said that the spread of terrorism across the world has increased the fragility of the situation in the Middle East, and leads to hindering peach process in the region, according to Youm7.

AP reported Shoukry as saying that Egypt remains a “steadfast and unwavering” supporter of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Sameh Shoukry’s trip to Jerusalem Sunday is the first such visit since 2007. After decades of wars followed by a cold peace, Israel has emerged as a discreet ally to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

3 parliamentary sub-committees to discuss Regeni’s murder case Tuesday

Three parliamentary sub-committees are scheduled to hold a meeting Tuesday to discuss the developments of the murder of the Italian student Julio Regeni, Youm7 quoted Maj. Gen. Kamal Amer, the head of the Defence and National Security committee.

The Italian parliament has recently agreed to halt military support to Egypt in an escalation to strained relations between both countries as Italy complained that Egypt has not arrested the killers so far. Egypt has responded by saying that the Italian escalation would affect both countries’ cooperation on curbing illegal immigration.

 

Six kidnapped Egyptians in Libya to be deported back home: Beni Walid Council

Six Egyptian nationals, who were kidnapped ten days ago in Libya, are in a safe place in Bani Walid, Egypt’s state-owned news agency MENA reported Bani Walid Council.

The council added that the six people will be deported back home soon. On Sunday, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced in a statement that it has contacted with the Libyan side to bring the nationals back home.

The six nationals were kidnapped along the road link between Misrata and Bani Walid by unknown armed group, who asked for ransom.

 

Egypt, Ethiopia to sign contract with French office to study GERD’s potential impacts: Minister

Egypt and Sudan will sign contracts with French technical consultative office to conduct studies on environmental and economical impacts of the controversial he Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the downstream countries of Egypt and Sudan in few days, Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Atti told Youm7 Saturday.

The technical discussions have halted since February when a tripartite committee, tasked to discuss GERD issues, announced reaching a unanimous agreement on the proposal submitted by the two French consultancy firms on GERD’s potential impact on Sudan and Egypt.

Since May 2011, Cairo has voiced its concern that the dam could reduce the country’s annual share of more than 56 billion cubic meters of Nile water. Addis Ababa, however, has claimed that the dam is necessary for its development, and will not harm downstream countries.

The $4 billion dam is being constructed on the Blue Nile with a capacity of 74 billion cubic meters, and is expected to generate up to 6,000 megawatts of power.

 

Business:

Yields rise at Egypt’s Sunday T-bill auction – Reuters

(Reuters) – Yields on Egypt’s three-month, six-month, nine-month and one- year treasury bills rose at Sunday’s auction, data from the central bank showed.

The average yield on Egypt’s 91-day bill rose to 14.093 percent from 13.974 percent at the last sale on July 3 and the yield on the 273-day bill rose to 15.320 percent from 15.115 percent at a similar auction a week ago.

The average yield on the 182-day bill also rose to 15.110 percent from 14.917 percent at the last sale on June 29 and the yield on the 364-day bill rose to 15.370 percent from 15.185 percent at a similar auction.

This comes after Egypt’s central bank raised its key interest rates by 100 basis points last month to their highest levels in years, in a move economists said was intended to rein in surging inflation and ease downward pressure on the Egyptian pound.

 

EGX ends high Sunday, gains 11.3 billion EGP

The Egyptian exchange indices finished Sunday trading in collective gain, powered by Egyptians and Arabs purchases, while foreigners’ trading were mostly sale, Youm7 reported.

The EGX market capitalisation won 11.3 billion EGP during Sunday transaction sessions to reach 401.851 billion EGP.

 

Egypt’s annual urban consumer price inflation reaches 14 % in June: CAPMAS

Egypt’s urban consumer inflation jumped to 14 percent in June up from 12.3 percent in May, Youm7 quoted the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) report on Sunday.

Food demand normally spikes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan because of heavy consumption following the dawn to dusk fasting period. Ramadan this year began on June 6, according to the report.

 

Natural gas delivery to reach 293K housing units in Giza by June 2018: petroleum ministry

The Petroleum Ministry announced in a statement it aims to deliver natural gas to over 293,000 housing units in Giza governorate by June 2018, Youm7 reported Sunday.

The ministry said that it has already connected 1.4 million housing units across the country with natural gas until May 2016.

The Egyptian Holding Company for Natural Gas “EGAS” aims to deliver natural gas to over 231,000 housing units in Qalioubya governorate by June 2018, according to the statement.

 

Social:

Egypt denies collapse of ceilings of Re Wir and Seshem Nefer’s tombs in Giza’s Haram area 

Al-Haram archeological area manager Ashraf Mohey denied social media reports claiming that the ceilings of two tombs of Re Wir and Seshem Nefer have collapsed, saying “such rumors are groundless,” Youm7 reported Sunday.

Social media users claimed that ceilings of the two tombs collapsed for months ago amid blackout from the Ministry of Antiquities.

 

Sunday marks 1st anniversary of Lawrence of Arabia star

Sunday marks the first anniversary of the death of Lawrence of Arabia star, Omar al-Sharif, who passed away aged 83 on July 10, 2015 in an elderly house in southern city of Helwan. He was suffering Alzheimer’s.

Sharif’s last movie was Hassan and Morqos with the Egyptian actor Adel Imam.  He acted in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965) for which he got Golden Globe Award in 1966. He also acted in Funny Girl movie in 1968.

 

Egyptian, Museum, Manial Palace organize ‘Traditional crafts’ program

The Egyptian Museum, in cooperation with Manial Palace Museum, will organize on Tuesday a special program entitled Traditional crafts between past and present, to raise awareness of the archaeological and the revival of traditional crafts, Youm7 reported Sunday. the program will be held in the Egyptian Museum headquarters.

 

Sports:

Martin Jol: We’re planning a farewell party for Ramadan Sobhi

Al Ahly manager Martin Jol confirmed the club are preparing a farewell party for Ramadan Sobhi ahead of his move to English Premier League side Stoke City.
The former Tottenham and Ajax manager confirmed that Ramadan Sobhi is departing for Europe, wishing him all the best ahead of his move to Stoke City.

 

155th Cairo Derby ends in drab stalemate

The 155th Cairo Derby ended in a drab 0-0 draw in Suez on Saturday night, as the 2015/16 Egyptian Premier League season came to a close.

 

AS Roma’s Salah included in 30-man squad for Pinzolo camp

S Roma manager Luciano Spalletti has included Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah in the 30-man list for the upcoming training camp in Trentino.
The squad reached Trentino on Saturday afternoon, and completed their first training session at Pinzolo shortly afterwards.

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