UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Aug. 19: 88 K Chinese tourists visited Egypt in 1st half of 2016
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88 K Chinese tourists visited Egypt in 1st half of 2016

A total of 88,000 Chinese tourists had visited Egypt in the first half of 2016, Abul Maaty Saleh, the Egyptian tourism adviser in China was quoted by Youm7.

China ranks number eight with regard to the number of tourists visiting Egypt, according to Saleh.

The official expected that the number will rise to 200,000 by the end of 2016 as almost 15 regular and charter flights operate between China and Egypt’s Cairo, Luxor and Hurghada per week.


Border guards thwarts attempt by 34 Egyptians to illegally immigrate to Italy

Border guards at Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Alexandria have foiled an illegal immigration attempt and prevented 34 Egyptians from boarding a boat and crossing the sea to Italy, Youm7 reported on Friday.

They have admitted to have paid an anonymous middle man 30,000 EGP each to facilitate their boat trip to Italy.

They, along with the boat crew, were arrested over attempting to illegally leave the country.

Egypt has intervened in a number of migration attempts by hundreds of asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa, particularly from Egypt Syria, Iraq and Libya, via the Mediterranean Sea to Italy or Greece as gates for other European countries.


269 Egyptians return from Libya via Sallum in past 24 hours: official

A total of 269 Egyptians have returned from Libya in the past 24 hours, Youm7 quoted Matrouh Security Chief Mokhtar el Senbary on Friday.

Out of returnees, 121 had traveled to Libya illegally, Senbary said, adding that travel procedures of 682 people, including 269 Egyptians and 413 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 witnessed a security lapse and political turmoil since the 2011 uprising.


Soccer-Jol quits Al Ahly after African Champions League exit

(Reuters) – Dutch coach Martin Jol has quit Al Ahly after spending just six months with the Egyptian giants.

He decided to leave after Al Ahly failed to get past the group phase of the African Champions League, the club said in a statement on Thursday.

The former Ajax Amsterdam and Tottenham Hotspur boss had helped the Egyptian team retain their domestic title in June.

The club said Jol, 60, apologized for going out of the Champions League, a competition they have won a record eight times.

Al Ahly’s hopes ended on Friday after a 2-2 home draw with surprise packages Zesco United of Zambia left them unable to secure a top-two finish in Group A, thereby failing to reach next month’s semi-finals.

The draw came five days after they lost to arch-rivals Zamalek in the Egyptian Cup final.


Hedaya Malek brings Egypt Olympic bronze medal in Taekwondo

Egyptian Hedaya Malek Wahba won a bronze medal in Taekwondo Women’s 57 championship in 2016 Rio Olympics against Rahelen Asemani of Belgium Thursday evening.

Wahba is the second Egyptian female won Olympics bronzes as Sara Samir has won a bronze medal in weightlifting women’s 69 kg event at the 2016 Olympics, after lifting a combined weight of 255kg.


Top agricultural official Ok’s cargo of potato seeds with high level of Silver scurf fungus

A top official in the central administration of the agricultural quarantine authority has agreed to import a cargo of potato seeds with high level of Silver scurf fungus could reach 40%, Youm7 reported another official in the authority who spoke o condition of anonymity Friday.

The Authority will import 140,000 tons of Potato seeds early October from different European countries for domestic planting.


Beheira frames plan to avoid possible disasters of winter rainfall, floods

Nile Delta’sBeheira Governor Deputy Nadia Abdel Ilah announced that the governorate has framed a plan to face rain floods that could hit the villages in winter to avoid repeating crisis.

In November 2015, dozens of people were killed and others were injured after rainfall and floods drowned villages in the governorate.


Cairo Airport ensures arrival of radioactive isotopes cargo

Cairo International Airport authorities have taken security measures to ensure the arrival of a cargo of radioactive isotopes coming from France Friday, Youm7 reported. The cargo will go to a company works in the treatment of cancerous tumors.

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