UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest July 19: Israeli embassy in Cairo posts video of TV program aired on the eve of 1979 peace treaty
Israeli embassy in Cairo posts video of TV program aired on eve of 1979 peace treaty, Israeli Embassy in Cairo Facebook page.

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Israeli embassy in Cairo posts video of TV program aired on the eve of 1979 peace treaty

Israeli embassy in Cairo posted on its Facebook page video footages of a TV program aired hours before the signing of its 1979 peace treaty with Egypt.

The video, presented by Egyptian anchor Moataz al Demerdash and reportedly aired simultaneously on the Egyptian and Israeli TVs, “marks the inauguration of Israel’s new ambassador to Egypt” David Govrin, who arrived in Cairo Sunday to assume his new post in succession of his predecessor Haim Koren, according to the Facebook post.

Govrin was the head of the Jordan desk at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem until February this year. He also has served in a series of positions throughout the Middle East over the years, including at the embassy in Cairo, according to Haaretz, Govrin speaks Arabic and is a doctor of Middle East history.


45 sentenced to 1 year imprisonment for illegal gold mining

Edfu Misdemeanor Court on Tuesday has sentenced 45 people for one year imprisonment on charges of illegal gold mining, Youm7 reported.

The court also fined the convicts 100 EGP ($11) each for carrying out illegal gold exploration activities last month in several areas on the Edfu-Marsa Allam highway near Edfu, 90 kilometers south of Upper Egypt’s governorate of Aswan.


Egypt’s prosecutor orders release of 26 Zamalek fans

The East Cairo Prosecution on Tuesday evening has ordered the release of 26 Zamalek fans after their detention for two days on charges of allegedly assaulting security forces, Youm7 reported.

The detainees were released with 1,000 EGP bail each pending investigations over numerous charges including “resisting authorities, rioting, vandalizing and storming public and private utilities, possession of arms and inciting protest” following Zamalek’s 2-1 loss against South Africa’s Sundowns in a match held Sunday at Petro Sports Stadium in Cairo.

The fans denied all the said charges.


Parliament approves extension of ‘state of emergency’ in Sinai for 3 months

Egypt’s parliament approved on Tuesday a presidential decree to extend the state of emergency in Northern Sinai, Youm7 reported.

A total of 431, out the parliament’s 596 members voted in favor of President Abdel Fatah al Sisi’s decree, issued on July 12, to extend the state of emergency in specific areas of North Sinai for three months as of July 29.

As part of the emergency, curfews are imposed in some regions in the restive peninsula, mostly located in North Sinai and along the borders with Israel and the Gaza Strip.

The emergency was first imposed in October 2014, following a deadly attack on an army checkpoint that left 33 soldiers dead. The emergency has been extended several times since then.


Video shows forces dragging woman off house; Police denies assault as “untrue”

Al-Mewar TV channel aired Monday a video showing police men allegedly dragging a woman, while she was screaming as she and her children were forced to evacuate their house in Dokki district, Giza on grounds the building is violating construction law.

Residing in the building since 2009, Rehab Badawy, the assaulted women, told Al-Mehwar TV channel Monday on the phone that the incident took place last week. She went on explaining the attack saying that the forces broke the door, dragged her in pajamas outside the house, carried her into the police vehicle and detained her son.

In her statements, Badawy addressed President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi demanding “her right” after she was humiliated.

However, the Ministry of Interior denied the assault in a statement posted on Facebook, saying that the accusation of policemen being involved in this incident is “untrue.”

The statement said that the policemen were only securing the building while Giza governorate forces were executing a knock-down decision to the alleged violating house.


Cairo sees highs of 34 Tuesday

Forecasters expected a moderate weather to prevail on most parts Tuesday, with the capital Cairo keeping on humid weather and sees highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C.


3 injured in multi-vehicle collision in Nasr City

Youm7 reported that three people were injured after five cars collided together at Field Marshal Tantawy axis that leads to Nasr City district, Cairo. The accident reportedly caused traffic jam.


Health Min. launches new mobile app to inquire about medicine prices

Ministry of Health launches new mobile application to enable citizens to inquire about the price of medicines, after it had increased by 20 percent.


Fact-finding committee reveals 7.2 mln EGP deficit in supply wheat in Asyut

A fact-finding committee tasked with investigating corruption in supply wheat silos spotted a deficiency of 2,597 tons of wheat worth 7.2 million EGP ($810,929) at National Asyut Company, in Asyut governorate in Upper Egypt.

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