Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news July 23: EgyptAir Flight 804 broke up in midair after a fire; 3 Egyptian fishermen killed in Libya gas tank explosion; child betrothal slammed in Dakahlia
The picture was posted May 21 on the Facebook page of the Military Spokesperson Mohamed Samir showing debris of the crashed EgyptAir MS804 plane, life jackets and people belongings. The military announced May 20 that some human remains and parts of the plane were found amid search efforts.
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EgyptAir Flight 804 broke up in midair after a fire: NY Times

Evidence gathered in an investigation into the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 in the Mediterranean Sea in May shows the plane likely broke up in midair after a fire near or inside the cockpit that quickly overwhelmed the crew, according to Egyptian officials involved in the inquiry, the New York Times reported on Friday.

But the officials could not determine whether the fire thought to have caused the crash had been set off by a mechanical malfunction or by a malicious act, the report said.

The findings are based on information from the Airbus A320’s flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder along with an analysis of the condition and distribution of recovered debris, including human remains, according to forensic and aviation officials in Cairo, the report said.

 

3 Egyptian fishermen killed in gas tank explosion west of Libya

Three Egyptian fishermen were reportedly killed and five others injured after a gas tank exploded onboard of their fishing loader in Libya’s western port of Zawara on Friday, Youm7 quoted Ahmed Nassar, the Egyptian fishermen syndicate head.

The boat was set ablaze following the explosion, which took place during maintenance work, said Nassar, adding that all fishermen are from Egypt’s Delta governorate of Kafr al Sheikh.

The syndicate has informed the foreign ministry to secure the return of the victims, according to Nassar.

Egypt’s foreign ministry has repeatedly warned Egyptians against travelling to the North African country, which has plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi.

 

Egyptian members of ISIS killed in Misrata: source

The head of the media office of Misrata Hospital Abdel Aziz Eissa told Youm7 that a number of Egyptian members of the Islamic State (IS) group were killed in Libya’s city of Sirte amid “Al-Bonyan Al-Marsous” operation that has been launched two months ago to liberate Sirte and surrounding areas from the IS group.

 

Egypt condemns Munich mall shooting

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry condemned “in the strongest terms” the shooting that took place in a busy shopping mall in Munich, Germany killing at least eight people Friday evening.

“We express our condolences to the German people and the families of the victims,” foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement late on Friday.

The ministry reiterated Egypt’s position that asserts that “brutal terrorism does not differentiate between religion or race, and knows no boundaries,” said Abu Zeid.

German police are engaged in a huge anti-terror manhunt in the city of Munich after nine people died in the shooting.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

Business:

 

Egypt frames plan to increase medicine exports by 100% over three years

The Health and Drug Council of Egyptian Union for Investors Associations (EUIA) has submitted the Cabinet a plan on increase the Egyptian medicine exports by 100 percent to reach 2 billion EGP (about $225.3 million) over the coming three years, Council Chairperson Mohie Hafez told Youm7 Friday evening.

 

Egypt, Afreximbank discuss increasing exports at African markets

Minister of International Cooperation Sahar Nasr has met with Benedict Oramah, the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank,) in order to encourage increasing Egyptian export industries in African markets.

 

CBE to pump $120 mln into domestic banks Tuesday

The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) will pump Tuesday around $120 million into domestic banks, amid expectation of further devaluation of Egyptian pound against the U.S. dollar, Youm7 reported.

In the black market, the Egyptians purchase the dollar for 12.10 EGP, and sell it for 11:90 EGP; the value of the pound is preserved at 8.8574 against the U.S. dollar for purchase in the banks, which will sell the dollar to clients at 8.8800 EGP.

 

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Dispute on putting Building in Muizz Street on list of archaeological sites

For the second time, the Egyptian Permanent Committee of Islamic and Christian Antiquities has rejected to list building #88 in the archeological the Islamic Cairo’s Muizz Street as an archeological object, saying that building is not fit to be listed as a historical monument.

The refusal made up a difference between the Committee and the Sector of Islamic and Christian Antiquities in the Ministry of Antiquities, which insisted that the building should be listed as an archeological object, Youm7 reported Friday.

The building was established in the Fatimid Caliphate and locates on 1,250 square meters in the UNESCO-listed Muizz Street listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

 

Egypt seeks to put Minya’s Amarna site on UNESCO World List

Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani inspected Saturday the archeological area of Amarna in Upper Egypt’s Minya governorate amid the Ministry’s efforts to list the area in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World archeological sites, Youm7 reported.

 

Egyptians celebrate 64th anniversary of 1952 Revolution 

Egyptians celebrated Saturday 64th anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, when the first two late Presidents of Egypt Mohamed Naguib and Gamal Abdel-Nasser led a military group that ousted King Farouk and announced Egypt has turned from the kingdom into a republic.

 

Sports:

 

obhi Deal Next Week – stoke.vitalfootball.co

This comes straight from the horses mouth if you will as Ramadan Sobhi has himself been quoted as saying his move to Stoke will become official in ‘the next few days’ with thatsaid to translate to early next week.

Egyptian teenager Sobhi has passed a medical and agreed terms with Stoke but this is a deal that’s stalled, which has seen claims Italian club Fiorentina could hijack his move from Al Ahly.
Kahraba scores magnificent curler on Ittihad debut – Kingfut.com

Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim ‘Kahraba’ scored a goal and assisted two in his first match with Ittihad Jeddah in a friendly against Jeddah Club.

The Egyptian winger had joined Ittihad Jeddah on a season-long loan from Zamalek earlier this week, and featured in Ittihad’s 5-0 thrashing of Jeddah Club.

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