Egypt’s local news digest Aug. 10:Education minister sued over deliberately removing all references to Mubarak era
Education Minister Al Helaly al Sherbiny


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Education minister sued over deliberately removing all references to Mubarak era

A lawsuit was filed to Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Sadek against  Education Minister accusing him of “rigging” the Egyptian history after all references to the era of Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak were reportedly removed from history textbooks, Youm7 reported Tuesday.

“ Deleting a part of the Egyptian history from the curriculum is a criminal offense in the right of millions of Egyptian people, and represents, according to the Egyptian law, fraud crime that is punishable with imprisonment and dismissal from public post,” Youm7 quoted Lawyer Azab Makhlof.

Makhlouf also filed a lawsuit against the chairman of the ministry’s curriculum development sector accusing him of involvement in removing the events that took place during Mubarak’s 30-year tenure from history books for elementary and junior high schools.


Parliament approves bill on army participation in securing public facilities

Egypt’s House of Representatives on Tuesday has endorsed a draft law to extend the participation of the military in securing and protecting public and vital facilities from two to five years, Youm7 reported.

Head of the parliament’s defense and security committee Kamal Amer said that “the current situation in Egypt necessitates an extension for a longer period of time,” Reuters reported.

In 2014, President Abdel Fatah al Sisi issued a presidential decree to allow the armed forces to assist police in protecting public facilities.


Court postpones Rabba sit-in dispersal trail to Sep. 6

Cairo Criminal Court on Tuesday postponed the trial of 739 defendants in the case known in media as the Rabaa sit-in dispersal to Sep. 6, Youm7 reported.

The defendants face numerous charges, including “organising and participating in an armed mob at Rabaa Al-Adawiya square, blocking off roads, restricting people’s right of movement, the use of force, premeditated murder, the possession of weapons and bombs”, according to Al Ahram.


Massive fire sweeps through furniture warehouse south of Cairo

Four furniture storage facilities were completely destroyed in a fire that erupted south of Cairo on Tuesday, Youm7 reported.

The fire started at around 2:30 p.m. in a furniture warehouse in the industrial zone at the 6 October City. Firefighters spent over 9 hours before they were able to control the blaze.

No casualties have been reported. However, initial estimations suggest a 30 million EGP financial damage.


Bank, post office robbed in Egypt’s Qalioubia

A branch of the Development and Agricultural Credit Bank in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Qalioubia was robbed by a group of armed men on Tuesday, Al Ahram reported.

A post office in a different village in the governorate was also robbed at the same time. The incidents took place around 5 p.m. Cairo local time, security source told Al Ahram, adding that the perpetrators had fled the scene before security forces reinforced their presences around the crime scene in search for the assailants.

The source did not mention the amount of money stolen from the bank and the post office.

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