Egypt’s local news digest July 27: 11 people detained over leak of Thanaweya Amma final exam so far; State-owned big pharmacy has no ‘subsidized infant formula’
A long queue of people in the state-owned Esaaf Pharmacy amid shortage of infant subsidized formula

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11 people detained over leak of Thanaweya Amma final exam so far: official

The number of people, who are accused of leaking thanaweya Amma (high school diploma) final exams, increased to 11 suspects so far, Youm7 reported a judicial official in the Public Prosecution Wednesday.

Almost all final exams have been leaked on social media few minutes before the start of the exams since early July. Since then, the Ministry of Education came under fire as it failed to stop leakage.


State-owned big pharmacy has no ‘subsidized infant formula’

“No subsidized Infant Formula,” Al Esaaf Pharmacy, state-owned big pharmacy that sells subsidized infant formula, wrote in a sign on its building, Youm7 reported.

Pharmacies selling subsidized infant formula cans nationwide suffer shortage due to dollar crisis. Egypt is trying to reduce imports due to a dollar crisis.

Some 12 percent of Egyptian newborns need to have their diets supplemented through formula annually, head of the regional sector at the ministry Hala Masekh told Youm7. She added that by mid-2016, more than 350,000 children will be receiving the milk through smart cards; each child will receive 64 tins per year.

Besides the formula shortage, hundreds of medicines are reportedly unavailable at pharmacies due to U.S. dollar shortage in Egypt.


52 unregistered migrants arrested in Sallum

Egyptian security forces have arrested 52 unregistered migrants, including 44 Egyptians and 6 Sudanese, in Sallum on the western borders shared with Libya, Youm7 reported.


Man announced dead after arrested by police

A 24 year old man called Mohamed Samir was announced dead after he was arrested over drug possession in Imbaba district, Giza, Youm7 reported.

Preliminary investigations indicated that the young man died after he escaped police custody; the cause of the death was revealed as drowning.

However, Samir’s mother told Youm7 that she was told that her son was not at the police station a day after his arrest; she continued saying that she later received a call from Zeinhom Morguw informing her that her son was shot dead after he drowned in the Nile River.

Relatives of the deceased man gathered outside Imbaba police station, accusing the police of killing their son. Forces reportedly dispersed the gathering by firing shots in the air.


Developing Safaga Port Project to finalize by September: Official

The head of the Red Sea Ports Authority Hisham Abu Senna said that developing Safaga Port project will be finalized by September with a total cost of 510 million EGP.


10,537 Nile violations have been removed so far: Nile Protection Authority

The Nile Protection Authority, which works under the Ministry of Irrigation, has so far removed 10,537 violation cases on the Nile River out of a total of 50,399 cases; Youm7 quoted the head of the authority, Salah Ezz.

The authority has launched “Save the Nile” Campaign in January 2016, since then, it has received around 15,239 reports on Nile transgressions.


Workshop tracking female refugees situation to be held Wednesday

Arab Woman Organization will organize a workshop Wednesday titles “Woman amid conflict” to document the status of female refugees and displaced women.

The workshop will be held in cooperation between the organization and the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies.

The Director of the Arab Woman Organization, Mervet el-Tallawy and the director of the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies will inaugurate the workshop.


Cairo sees highs of 36°C Wednesday

Cairo is expected to see a hot weather on Wednesday, recording highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C, according to forecasters.

Experts at the official forecast authority said that the temperature will be lower in other governorates lying on the Mediterranean coast, as in Alexandria, which will see highs of 31 and Marsa Matrouh that is expected to see highs of 30 °C.

Temperature is typically high in the southern parts of the country, where Aswan and Luxor cities in Upper Egypt will see Wednesday 43°C and 42°C respectively.


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