UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Aug. 10: Inquiry against 2 Egyptian actors accused of normalisation with Israel; 20 wells operated by solar energy in New Valley
Egyptian actor Khaled Abu el-Naga (L) and actress Basma, in the American drama television series Tyrant.

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Inquiry against 2 Egyptian actors accused of normalization with Israel

Head of Egypt’s Actors Syndicate, Ashraf Zaki has decided to open an inquiry against actors Khaled Abu el-Naga and Basma over accusations of “normalization with Israel,” Youm7 reported.

Both actors were slammed for their role in the third season of the American drama television series Tyrant, which is created by Israeli director and writer Gideon Raff.

Abu el-Naga sent Zaki a letter denying the accusations, saying that “everyone knows that the media has smear campaigns against me,” adding that the writer of the series is American, produced by FX network and that it was filmed in Hungary.

Abu el-Naga has faced a wave of criticism after being critical of President Sisi’s security apparatus.

Khaled Nabawy, an Egyptian actor, faced the same charge after a photo shown him standing alongside Israeli actress Liraz Charhi, during the Cannes International Film Festival, where the movie “Fair Game” that he participated in was premiered.


6 family members injured in road accident South Sinai

Six members of the same family were injured after their car flipped over on the road in South Sinai, Youm7 reported.

Thousands of road accidents take place every year, resulting in many victims. Official reports say human error is the main reason behind the high rate of accidents; however, road experts blame crashes on bad road construction and lack of safety measures.


20 out of 190 wells operated by solar energy in New Valley

Twenty out of 190 wells have been operated by solar energy as a first phase in new villages in Dakhla, Thamaneen and Farafra oases in the New Valley


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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