Egypt’s local news digest July 20: 8 suspects detained for 4 days pending investigations over Minya sectarian violence incidents
Coptic Orthodox Christians carry the coffins of men who died in clashes between Muslims and Christians in El Khusus north of the Egyptian capital, during their funeral at the main cathedral in Cairo April 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany


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8 suspects detained for 4 days pending investigations over Minya sectarian violence incidents

Minya Prosecution on Wednesday has ordered the detention of eight suspects for four days pending investigations over the recent sectarian violence incidents that took place in the Upper Egyptian governorate, Youm7 reported.

On Sunday, families of two priests from Minya were assaulted by an angry mob in Tahna El-Jabal village, leaving one dead and three injured, Youm7 reported citing a statement from Archbishop Makarious of Minya.

The clergyman has not explained the reasons behind the assault. However, media reports suggest the clashes erupted following an argument between Muslim and Christian children over priority to pass through the street.


Civil aviation ministry denies end of probe into crashed Russian plane

Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry denied in a Tuesday statement media reports claimed the completion of investigations into the last year crash of the Russian passenger plane, Youm7 reported.

Russian new agency Sputnik quoted a statement from the Russian Transport Ministry saying that Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy has announced that the investigation into the crash of Russia’s A321 passenger plane over the Sinai Peninsula in late October 2015 “enters its final stage.”

During his meeting with Russian Transport Minister on Monday, Fathy asserted the Egyptian Attorney General will be visiting Moscow next week to brief the Russian side on the outcome of the investigations, Youm7 reported.

On Sunday, Fathy flew to Moscow where he met with Russian senior officials to discuss resumption of the direct flights between the two countries, which were suspended shortly after a Russian A321 plane crashed in the Sinai late Oct killing all 224 people on board.


Roadside bomb attack kills civilian in N. Sinai

One civilian was killed and another injured Wednesday morning in an explosion that rocked North Sinai’s town of Arish, Youm7 reported.

The explosive device was planted along the coastal road in North Sinai city of Arish, and was detonated a few minutes after armored personnel carrier drove by killing a 23 year old man and injuring another in his 40s, security sources told Youm7.

No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion but initial investigations suggest Ansar Bayt al Maqdis militant group is behind the attack.


Marsa Matrouh airport receives 106 tourists from Italy

Some 106 tourists of various nationalities arrived at Marsa Matrouh Airport on Tuesday evening aboard a charter flight coming from Italy’s Milan Malpensa Airport; Youm7 quoted Alaa Abu Zeid, the Mediterranean city governor.

The number of charters flight arriving to Marsa Matrouh from the Italian airports will increase by three flights every week until the end of October, said Abu Zeid.

The number of tourists visiting Egypt has witnessed a sharp decline following the crash of a Russian airliner over Sinai in late October. Germany, Italy, Russia, France, and the U.K. are among the states that decided to halt flights to and from Egyptian airports shortly after the crash.

The industry took a further dive following the murder of Italian Cambridge University graduate, Giulio Regeni, whose body was found dumped along a highway with signs of torture in Egypt’s Giza governorate in early February.


EREEX real estate exhibit kicks off in Cairo 

Housing Minister Moustafa Madbouly on Tuesday opened the Elite Real Estate (EREEX) exhibition which gathers a number of Egyptian, Arab and international institutions and companies operating in this field, Youm7 reported.

Speaking at the 4-day exhibition organized by Eskan Global Group, Madbouly said the event “aims to revive Arab real estate sector and promote relations among Arab countries.”

The inauguration was attended by Sheikha Fatma Humoud Al-Sabah, Chairwoman of Eskan Global Group and Abdulaziz Mohammad Al-Bisher, acting charge d’affaires at Kuwait’s Embassy in Cairo.

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