UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest July 21:Egyptian Court rejects appeal against banning FGM
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Egyptian Court rejects appeal against banning FGM

Egypt’s Administrative Court on Thursday has rejected an appeal against health ministry’s decision to ban female genital mutilation, Youm7 reported.

The court said the rejection is based on that the “plaintiff is irrelevant” to the lawsuit, which was filed by two lawyers demanding the abolition of the decision as it “contradicts the Egyptian constitution and represents a blatant assault on personal freedom principals.”

In 2015, an Egyptian doctor, who performed a fatal FGM surgery for a 13 year-old girl, was sentenced to two years imprisonment.

Nine in ten Egyptian women between the ages of 15 to 49 were subjects of FGM, according to a 2015 survey.


Egypt’s supreme police council approves annual reshuffle

The Supreme Council of Police has approved the Interior Ministry annual reshuffle, security source told Youm7 Thursday.

Initial information revealed the reshuffle will include the appointment of new security chiefs for 10 governorates and the promotion of 400 brigadier-generals to the rank of major general, Interior Ministry source told Youm7 earlier this month.

The routine reshuffle, aims to replace those who have reached retirement age with younger officials, will come into effect on 1 August, the source added.


Hot, humid weather to continue on Friday, Cairo sees 35°C

Meteorologists are predicting a continuation of the week’s hot weather on Friday, with top temperatures reaching 35 degrees centigrade in Cairo, Youm7 reported.

Cooler but humid weather is expected along the northern coast, with highs of 31 degrees centigrade for Alexandria. However, the weather will feel hotter in Upper Egypt governorates, with highs of 41 degrees centigrade in Luxor and 42 in Aswan.

The Mediterranean Sea is expected to see a northeasterly surface wind, with waves of between 1.5 to 2 meters.


3 killed, 13 injured after falling into manhole in Kafr el-Sheikh

Three people were killed and 13 others were injured after falling to a manhole that swallowed a child in al-Fayrouz village of Nile Delta’s Kafr el-Sheikh Wednesday evening, Youm7 reported.


3 militants arrested in North Sinai

North Sinai security forces killed three militants and injured five others, who tried to target a police personnel, in Sheikh Zewuid, Youm7 reported Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile, another militant attack has been thwarted; militants who were riding a motorbike opened fire at a police officer’s car in Arish.

Ministry of Solidarity facilitates Hajj measures for 10,000 Egyptians

Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity is currently working on documenting contracts between non-governmental organizations and the ministry for sending 10,000 Egyptians to Saudi Arabia for performing pilgrimage (Hajj),

Ministry’s National Foundation for facilitating Hajj director Ayman Abdel-Mawgoud told Youm7 Wednesday.

He noted that the first group of pilgrims will fly to Mecca on August 23 on board of EgyptAir flights.

Annual divorce cases in Egypt cost 17.8 bln EGP: report

The total annual costs of divorce cases and marital dispute issues in Egypt reached 17.8 billion EGP, Youm7 cited a report issued Wednessday from the Family Court.

Such amount of money has been funded on litigation expenses and the salaries for  judges, public prosecutors, experts, advisers, staff of the Attroney General Office,  and for policing and guarding the courts.


Egypt will send group of nuclear scientists to Canada for Dabaa NPP

Egypt will send a group of nuclear scientists to Canada to train at Canadian universities to participate their expertise in the project of establishing the Egyptian first nuclear power plant in the Mediterranean city of Dabaa inMarsa Matrouh governorate, according to Manpower Minister Nabila Makram.

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