UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest July 23: Child betrothal in Dakahlia to be investigated; 4 still missing after boat sank in Suez Gulf
Child betrothal in Dakahliya prompts investigations and condemned by the National Council for Childhood. Photo available on Youm7.

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Child betrothal in Dakahlia to be investigated

A report was filed about an incident of a betrothal of a 12 year old boy and a 10 year old girl in Maasarah Village in Dakahlia governorate, Mohamed Nazmy, director of general department of child helpline at the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, told Youm7.

According to figures by the Ministry of Population, 15 percent of marriages in Egypt are child marriages; UNICEF defines marriage under the age of 18 as child marriage.


4 still missing after boat sank in Suez Gulf

A boat called “El-Maalem” sank in Ras Sidr in Suez Gulf; two have bee rescued while navy and board forces are searching for four other missing passengers, reported Youm7.

The boat had a hole that is believed to have leaked water and caused its sunken.

Rescued passengers told Youm7 that they were asleep when the boat was sinking, and they did not have time to send distress call.


Cairo seizes 100 kgs of invalid meat

Cairo governorate has seized more than 100 kgs of invalid meat in a crackdown at selling markets in Matariya district, according to Youm7.

Dozens of tons of spoiled meat and poultry have been seized during the past months amid depreciation of the Egyptian pound rate exchange against the U.S. dollar.


Court releases 16 defendants implicated in sectarian violence incidents 

A court in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Minya released 16 people pending trial on charges of the sectarian violence incidents erupted earlier this week, Youm7 reported, citing an Interior Ministry statement on Friday.

The decision came after reconciliation between the defendants and Christian residents of Minya’s village of Abu Yacoub whose houses were set on fire by the defendants on Sunday following a rumor of turning a nursery into a church.

Several sectarian violence-triggered incidents have occurred in Minya during the past few months.

On Monday, a Muslim mob in southern Egypt stabbed a Coptic Christian to death over a personal feud, officials told state news agency MENA.

In May, Christian houses were set ablaze and a woman was paraded naked through the streets following rumors of an affair between the son of the elderly woman and a Muslim woman.


Solar Impulse 2 might depart Cairo Sunday 01:00 a.m. CLT

The Solar Impulse II, an experimental solar-powered aircraft, will most likely depart Cairo International Airport en route to Abu Dhabi at 01:00 a.m. Sunday morning Cairo local time, according to the plane’s website.

“After experiencing the most humanly challenging flight last year with André’s 5 day and night flight, this leg will definitely be the most technically challenging on this round-the-world mission,” according to the Si2 website.

The Cairo-Abu Dhabi leg was postponed last Saturday due to pilot Bertrand Piccard’s sickness and worsening conditions in Cairo, as winds were too strong for the solar-powered airplane to be taken out of its tent.


Police subdue sectarian clashes in Egypt’s Beni Suef: governor

Governor of Upper Egypt’s Beni Suef said security status in the village of Saft al Kharsa has “settled down” following the sectarian violence incidents erupted between Muslim and Christian residents Friday afternoon, Youm7 reported.

Following the Friday prayer, dozens of Muslims and Copts at the Saft al Kharsa village clashed and hurled stones over each others after acting upon a rumor that a Christian intended to dedicate the second floor of his under-construction house into a church.

“Calm prevails now” after security forces reinforced their presence at the village following the incidents which resulted in no casualties, Beni Suef governor Sherif Habib was quoted by Youm7.


Mad dog causes panic at Cairo airport VIP lounge

A mad stray dog has caused panic at Cairo International Airport on Friday after he was seen wandering and barking at passengers at the airport’s VIP lounge, Youm7 reported.

The airport staff at terminal 1 was seen chasing the dog and hurling stones at him trying to drive him outside, source at the airport told Youm7. However, It is not known how the dog had an access to the airport.


Army posts Videos celebrating the 64th anniversary of 23 July Revolution 

The Egyptian Armed Forces posted videos on its Facebook page celebrating the 64th anniversary of the July 23 Revolution that ended the monarchy and the declaration of Egypt as a republic.

One of the videos shows King Farouk hours before he was forced to leave the country. It also features a statement by President Gamal Abdel Nasser that was aired in the morning of 23 July, 1952 declaring the revolution.

On July 23, 1952 a group of Egyptian army officers; “Free Officers Movement” have managed to terminate the 150 year-rule of Mohamed Ali Dynasty and forced his descendant King Farouk to abdicate the throne and leave the country. Later on, the group declared the Arab Republic of Egypt and its most prominent member; Gamal Abdel Naser, became Egypt’s first president in 1954.

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