UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest July 30:13 sentenced to death over killing senior police officer
Police officers stand in front of a police station damaged after being set ablaze by supporters of former president Mohamed Mursi in Kerdasa, a town 14 km (9 miles) from Cairo in this September 19, 2013 file photograph. An Egyptian judge sentenced 185 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death on December 2, 2014 over an attack on a police station near Cairo last year in which 12 policemen were killed. The ruling is preliminary and subject to a lengthy appeals process. It also goes to the country's top religious authority for approval although his opinion is not binding. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Files


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13 sentenced to death over killing senior police officer

The North Cairo Criminal Court on Saturday has sentenced 13 people to death in a retrial over the killing of a senior police officer during a raid on an Islamist stronghold in Giza in 2013, Youm7 reported.

The defendants were charged with the killing of Giza Deputy Security Chief Nabil Farag during a security raid in Kerdasa district.

The defendants faced other charges including the attempted murder of police personnel and the possession of firearms and explosives.


323 Egyptians return from Libya via Sallum border crossing in past 24 hours

As many as 323 Egyptians have returned home from Libya over the past 24 hours, Matrouh Security Chief General Mokhtar el Senary was quoted by Youm7 on Saturday.

Among the returnees, 118 Egyptians had illegally traveled to the war-torn country, he said, adding that travel procedures of the returnees, including 323 Egyptians and 21 Libyans, have been finalized.

Since the mass murder of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians by the Islamic State (IS) group in Libya on Feb. 16, Egypt has tightened security measures along its western borders with Libya, which has sunk in security lapse and political turmoil since the 2011 uprising.

At least 1 million Egyptians have fled Libya in the wake of 2011 turmoil; the country was one of the biggest destinations for Egyptian laborers. Many Egyptians, particularly from Upper Egypt, still make the trek to the unstable country looking for work.


16 conscripts injured in road accident near Sharm al Sheikh

A total of 16 police conscripts were injured after a military vehicle carrying them flipped over in the Ring Road near Sinai’s resort of Sharm al Sheikh, Youm7 reported.

The conscripts suffer from cuts, abrasions and bruises and were transferred to the nearest hospital, source told Youm6.


549 solar-powered irrigation wells to operate in Egypt’s New Valley

A total of 549 groundwater wells located in Egypt’s governorate of the New Valley will operate by solar-powered pumping stations for irrigation purposes in September; Mohamed Mostafa of Irrigation Minister was quoted by Youm7 Saturday.

The ministry will operate 190 wells as a first phase while the rest will be operated by the end of September, Mostafa said.

Due to the governorate’s remote location from the Nile River, the new station will use sunlight to pump groundwater water to irrigate agricultural land, instead of relying on running an outside power line to the area, he added.

Egypt’s electricity sector has adopted plans to cover 20 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, amid efforts to procure energy for running power plants.


18-year-old girl tied up for one year by father, step-mother in Upper Egypt

Security forces in Upper Egypt’s Sohag have found a 18-year-old girl was tortured and chained for a year by her father and step-mother, Youm7 reported.

Torture signs covered Kareema’s neck and hands because she was tied up by an iron chain for a year to extent that her neck skin start to decay.

Her step-mother has confessed that her husband ordered to chain the girl to prevent her to escape.


3 people killed after falling into manhole in Menoufia

Three people were killed after falling into an uncovered manhole in a village in Menoufia governorate, Youm7 reported Friday evening.

According to the initial investigations, one of the killed persons has fallen into the manhole and when other two people tried to save him; all of them stuck and died due to the delay of arriving the civil protection forces.

A number of the village residents staged a protest, calling for holding those who are responsible accountable.

On July 20, 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.


Removing subsidy on electricity may be applied in December: official

Ministry of Electricity studies postponing applying the government’s plan of removing the subsidy on electricity during summer month, Youm7 reported an official from the Ministry, adding that the decision will come into force in December.

It involves a complete lifting of subsidies on electricity rates by gradually raising the prices of electricity consumption within a period of seven-ten years to curb the growing state budget deficit.

The government plans to reduce the electricity subsidy bill by 6.4 percent to reach 29 billion EGP in 2016/17 fiscal year, Finance Minister Amr eL Garhy announced in May.


Security forces raid 130 high crime places nationwide in one month

Security forces raided a total of 130 places have high crime rate nationwide over a month, according to a statement from the Ministry of Interior.

They arrested on dozens of drug dealers, while the number of drug dealing cases reported during this period reached 7,446 cases, the statement added.


6,303 people killed, 19,325 others injured in road accidents over one year: CAPMAS

A total of 6,303 people were killed and 19,325 others were injured in a total of 14,548 road accidents over one year, Youm7 cited a reported from the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) Saturday.


Cairo sees highs of 35°C Saturday

Egyptian coastal parts are expected to see a fair weather on Saturday, while it will be moderate in Cairo with the temperature reaching highs of 35°C and lows of 25°C, to be gradually turning hot over Upper Egypt governorates, Youm7 quoted forecasters.

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