Egypt’s local news digest July 16: 350 fire reports left dozens dead, injured in 3 months; officer shot dead in Arish
(Archived photo) A huge fire erupted at a Cairo hotel and extended to four other buildings in El-Roweay district, in Ataba, leaving dozens injured. Photo by Hassan Mohamed / Youm7

CAIRO: No more browsing from site to site, view the top local news stories on July 16 here:


Cairo sees highs of 37°C Saturday

Forecasters have expected that a moderate weather will prevail on northwestern coasts, while Cairo will see a hot weather reaching highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C Saturday.


350 fire reports in 3 months left 10 dead, 130 injured: civil protection department

Civil Protection department has received 350 fire reports over the past three months, which left 10 dead and 130 wounded, with their injuries varying between burns and suffocation due to smoke inhalation, Youm7 reported.

Firefighters have managed to put out these fires by using 80 fire engines, 12 water tanks and 10 hydraulic ladders.


Officer shot dead by armed men in Arish

A police officer was shot dead by armed men in Arish early Saturday morning, Youm7 reported security sources.

Sources said that a group of armed men opened fire at the police officer Ashraf Hasouna while he was crossing Al-Obour district, south Arish in North Sinai; he was reported dead of his injuries and his body was transferred to Arish Hospital.


Alleged leaked high school grades are “untrue”: Education Ministry official

An anonymous official source at the Ministry of Education told Youm7 that what has been allegedly said to be “leaked grade numbers” on some Facebook pages is “untrue and completely unfounded.”

The source said that the claimed leaked grades were compared to that concluded by the ministry, revealing that they are different.

A number of Facebook pages have been leaking high school exams, prompting the ministry to cancel and change the exams and investigate the way these pages obtain the exams that are supposed to be printed at secret printing house.

A wave of anger contained many students who protested the postponement of their exams seeing themselves as “victims to Facebook pages leaking the exams, and to the bad education system in the country.”


Millions of birds, animals vaccinated against different diseases in 7 months: report

A report by Preventive Medicine department at the General Authority for Veterinary Services has showed the total number of animals and birds that were vaccinated against different diseases within seven months since the beginning of the year, reported Youm7.

According to the report, a total of 25.7 million birds were vaccinated against avian flu; 6.6 million animals (cows, buffaloes, camels, sheep and goats) were immunized against foot-and-mouth disease; 5.918 cattle against rift valley fever, and 230.8 heads of cattle were vaccinated against ovine rinderpest.

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