Egypt’s local news digest July 13: Zero-fuel Solar Impulse II aircraft lands in Cairo airport
Zero-fuel Solar Impulse II aircraft arrives in Cairo

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Zero-fuel Solar Impulse II aircraft lands in Cairo airport

The Solar Impulse II, an experimental solar-powered aircraft, has successfully landed in Cairo International Airport Wednesday morning after over 48-hour flight, Youm7 reported.

Operated by pilot André Borscherg, the aircraft departed Seville on Monday at 02:20 a.m. Cairo Local Time. It landed in Cairo airport at around 08:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

This is the 16th leg of Solar Impulse II. Abu Dhabi –Muscat was its first leg started on March 9 this year. Its final destination will be also Abu Dhabi. This first round-the-world solar flight was launched with the aim of promoting clean technology.


Identical pre-written sermons during Friday prayer “boring”, says MP

MP Amna Nusseir rejected the Religious Endowment Ministry’s recent decision imposing identical pre-written sermons on clergymen during the weekly Friday prayers, Youm7 reported.

“This kind of restrictions on preachers in mosques is refused and boring,” said Nusseir.

The Religious Endowment Minister Mohamed Mukhtar Gomaa said on Tuesday that clergymen will be required to deliver identical pre-written weekly sermons as of Friday July 15. The decision, which drew criticism among preachers and clerics, aims to curb extremism.


18 Postgraduate degree holders released after protesting state employment  

A total of 18 post-graduate degree holders were released from Qasr el Nil police station on Wednesday hours after they were arrested over staging an unlicensed protest, Asmaa Abdel Hamid, coordinator of masters and PHD holders, class of 2015 was quoted by Youm7.

Dozens of masters and PHD holders took part in a demonstration outside the cabinet headquarters in downtown Cairo on Tuesday demanding state employment.

Head of Egypt’s Lawyers Syndicate Sameh Ashour has mediated the release of the detainees after a phone call with Egypt’s Interior Minister Magdy abdel Ghaffar, according to Abdel Hamid.


223 ships transit the Suez Canal carrying 13.3m tons in past 5 days: SCA chairman

A total of 223 vessels have transited the Suez Canal during the past five days with a total load of 13.3 million tons, Suez Canal Authority (SCA) Chairman Mohab Mamish was quoted by Youm7 on Wednesday.

Madison Maersk  is among the ships crossed the canal carrying 200,000 tons, said Mamish adding that an average of 43.8 ships transited the canal per day during June, with an average load of 2.66m tons per day. The average load per ship was about 60,608 tons during that period.

Army kills 4 militants in N. Sinai’s Sheikh Zuwayed

Egypt’s army announced on Tuesday it has killed four militants in Sinai’s town of al Sheikh Zuwayed, Youm7 reported.

The militants were killed in raids carried out by the third field army units. Meanwhile, three other militants managed to escape.

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.

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