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official Spokesman for the Egyptian Military Mohamed Samir - Photo courtesy of military spokesperson Facebook page
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Egypt’s navy rescues 3 American tourists aboard sinking yacht off Red Sea’s Hurghada

Egypt’s naval forces rescued three American tourists, two Egyptians and four-member crew aboard a sunken yacht off the Red Sea coast near Hurghada on Friday, military spokesperson Mohamed Samir announced in his Facebook page.

The Red Sea naval bases received a distress signal from the yacht, named ‘Tree Fares,’ and immediately ordered to dispatch a rescue unit, said Samir.

All 9 passengers were provided with first aid, while the drowned yacht was pulled out of the waters for repair, he added.

 

Egypt foils illegal emigration attempt of 39 to Italy

Egypt’s border guards and navy forces foiled an “illegal emigration” attempt and prevented 39 people from boarding a boat and crossing the Mediterranean Ocean to Italy, Youm7 reported Friday.

Twelve Egyptians, Three Sudanese, Three Eritreans, nine Syrians and 11 Somalis in addition to three boat crew members were among those who were arrested at the Mediterranean’s Edko Port before sailing to Italy, security source said.

They confessed to have paid for two anonymous middlemen to arrange for the boat trip.

Egypt has stepped up its efforts to curb illegal migration to Europe recently, partly in response to requests from European nations suffering from mass illegal migration from the Middle East region.

 

Awqaf inaugurates 10 news mosques nationwide

The Religious Endowments (Awqaf) Ministry has inaugurated on Friday 10 new mosques nationwide to accommodate more than 4,500 worshipers, Youm7 reported.

The new mosques are located in several Egyptian governorates including Cairo, Giza, Asyut and Damietta.

The move comes in light of the ministry’s plan to rehabilitate old mosques and build new ones, Awqaf Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomma was quoted by Youm7 Friday.

 

Huge fire erupts at paints factory in Giza

A massive fire erupted at a paints factory in an industrial zone in 6 of October district in Giza; at least 20 fire engines were dispatched to put out the blaze.

Youm7 reported that the fire was extinguished and that the engines are carrying out the cooling phase after they prevent fire extension to nearby factories. The first floor of the three-storey factory reportedly collapsed due to the fire.

No casualties have been reported thus far as a result of the blaze.

Further details to follow.

 

Hep C waiting list to end by July 28: Health Minister

Minister of Health Ahmed Emad el-Din announced that Hepatitis C patient waiting lists will end, and a survey will ensue to determine the number of people infected with the virus.

The minister said, in TV statements, that around 550,000 Hep C patients have been cured on state expenses or through health insurance program with a total cost of 2.5 billion EGP.

Last year, Egypt has partially halted importing U.S. Hepatitis C medicines, which has been in full swing since 2014, and started manufacturing a local version of the drugs.

Officials said that the domestically-produced medicine regimen that has been adopted by the ministry has been meeting demand in markets.

 

PM to announced new governor reshuffle Friday

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail is expected to announce within hours a new governor reshuffle that has been approved by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, according to Al-Ahram news website.

Anonymous sources told Al-Ahram that governors of Alexandria, Suez, Fayoum and Cairo will be changed. Weak performance of the governors, their inability to cope in with emergency situations and citizens’ complaints are among the reasons for the reshuffle.

 

This year’s Nile flooding on Ethiopian plateau better than last year: report

A report by the Egyptian Ministry of Irrigation quoted the Sudanese Ministries of Water and Electricity as saying that Nile flooding on the Ethiopian plateau this year is “above average” and better than the last year’s flood, which did not exceed 20 billion cubic meters, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm news website.

 

Plan to tackle garbage crisis in Giza discussed Thursday

Minister of Environment and Giza governor met Thursday to discuss a plan on dealing with garbage crisis in the governorate with the presence of the head of the waste management agency, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm news website.

 

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.

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