UPDATE: Egypt Politics digest Aug.20: Egypt’s Awqaf ministry urges heads of pilgrimage mission to avoid political debates
Muslim pilgrims perform prayers in Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca - Reuters


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Egypt’s Awqaf ministry urges heads of pilgrimage mission to avoid political debates

The Religious Endowments Ministry has called on heads of the Egyptian pilgrimage mission to avoid political debates while performing Hajj rituals in Saudi Arabia, Youm7 reported.

In a statement released on Saturday, the ministry urged its imams accompanying the mission “not to engage in any kind of controversy and not to make any political statements or engage in any political issue under any circumstances.”

“Hajj is a religious ritual but not a political forum,” the statement read.

The first batch of Egyptian pilgrims who won in Hajj lottery has arrived in Medina city in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

The Hajj, or Islamic pilgrimage, is one of Islam’s five pillars; it is a once in a lifetime obligation on Muslims who can bear the ritual physically and financially.


Court adjourns hearing on appeal against annulling Egypt-Saudi Red Sea islands deal

Cairo Court for Urgent Matters on Saturday has postponed to Aug.13 the hearing on an appeal against an earlier court decision on annulling an agreement to acknowledge Saudi Arabian sovereignty over the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir, Youm7 reported.

The appeal was filed by lawyer Ashraf Farahat after the Egyptian State Council judicial body judged that the agreement on maritime borders between Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed in April as invalid.

In mid-April, Egypt announced that the islands of Tiran and Sanafir are Saudi territories; both sides reached an agreement, per which Egypt relinquished control of the islands of Tiran and Sanafir, located at the entrance of Al-Aqaba Gulf in the Red Sea.

The controversial announcement was met by multi-day protest staged outside the Egyptian press syndicate in downtown Cairo.


Interior minister leads funeral of officer died from injuries sustained in Rabaa sit-in dispersal

Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar on Saturday has led a funeral for police captain Moustafa Youssry who died recently after succumbing to the injuries he sustained after the dispersal of Rabaa Al Adawyea sit in in 2013, Youm7 reported.

Interior Ministry leaderships and the family of the captain attended the funeral.

Youssry, a central security forces policeman died on Friday after three-year comma following the dispersal of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-in in August 2013 in Cairo that was staged after the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.


Abu Mariam Al Masry who ordered persecution of 20 Egyptian Copts killed in Libya

Abu Mariam al Masry, the third leader in the militant Islamic state affiliate in Libya who ordered the killing of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya, has been killed, Libyan officials to Youm7 Friday.

In February 2015, A total of 20 Egyptian Copts were beheaded by the IS group members in Libya; Egyptian and Libyan troops have launched air strikes over the militants’ hotbeds northern parts of the country.


Spain gets investigation authority from Switzerland into Egyptian business tycoon’s chares

An Egyptian high-level judicial source told Youm7 that the Spanish judicial prosecution has gotten authority of investigation with Egyptian-Spanish business tycoon Hussein Salem over the charges of money laundering in Spanish lands, from the Swiss authorities.

Salem, former President Hosni Mubarak’s ally, has reached reconciliation with the Egyptian government, per which he should pay around 5 billion EGP for dropping criminal charges over embezzlement.

Salem’s assets have been frozen in Switzerland ‘s banks pending the end of his legal situations and criminal charges he has faced in Egypt since the outbreak of January 25 uprising.


Court of Cassation upholds 3y sentence in prison against 5 people

Egypt’s Court of Cassation upheld Friday a three-year sentence in jail against five people, allegedly belong to the banned Muslim Brotherhood, over inciting violence, sabotaging, and attacking a police car in Mansoura city of Dakahlia governorate, Youm7 reported.


Turkey-based Muslim Brotherhood delegations flies to Canada

Turkey-based Muslim Brotherhood Council will send a delegation, headed by chairperson of Revolutionary Council in Turkey Maha Azzam to Canada to defend and support the group in Egypt, Youm7 reported the council’s statement Friday.


Satellite picture shows rainwater goes through Ethiopian’s under-construction dam

Satellite pictures have revealed that heavy rain waters in Ethiopia has gone through the under-construction of Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam on Blue Nile, to move then to Sudan and Egypt, Youm7 reported.


Satellite picture shows rainwater goes through Ethiopian's under-construction dam- YOUM7

Satellite picture shows rainwater goes through Ethiopian’s under-construction dam- YOUM7

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