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EgyptAir transfers 3,222 pilgrims on Sunday

A total of six EgyptAir flights, carrying 3,222 pilgrims, will be operated from Cairo International Airport to Saudi’s holy city of Medina on Sunday, EgyptAir Chairman Safwat Musallamn said Sunday

The pilgrims are from Egypt’s Delta governorate of Qalioubia and Mali, Musallam said.

The company has announced it has operated 15 flights between Cairo and Saudi’s Mecca and Jeddah on Saturday.

Dar al Iftaa announced it has set up hotline (090077107) to answer inquiries of Egyptian pilgrims.


1st int’l forum for Christian and Muslim youths concludes

The first international forum for Christian and Muslim youths, which was held in Cairo during the past three days, has concluded on Sunday, Youm7 reported.

During the forum, which was organized by The World Council of Churches (WCC) in coordination with Al Azhar , 40 young people from 15 countries had met to highlight the role of religions in achieving peace and fighting extremist ideologies through a number of lectures and workshops.

Addressing the attendees at the forum closing, Al Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed el Tayyeb asserted that Islam rejects all forms of corruption, prohibits terrorizing people and calls for entrenching peace and security.


Shoukry meets with Thanawya Amma top students

Foreign minister Sameh Shoukry met with top Thanawya Amma (final years of high school) students on Sunday, Youm7 reported.

During the meeting, Shoukry answered questions of the students regarding political, social and local issues.

The meeting was held at the foreign ministry headquarters in downtown Cairo.


Gunmen in Egypt kill informer, soldier at checkpoint north of Cairo – REUTERS

Gunmen killed an informer and a soldier and injured five other people, including two civilians, in an attack at a police checkpoint in the province of Menoufia north of Cairo, the director of the ambulance services said on Sunday.

Security forces are searching for the men in that area, about 80 km (50 miles) north of Cairo, one security source said.

Egypt’s government is facing an insurgency that has killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen, mostly in northern Sinai, since mid-2013, when then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Islamic State’s Egyptian affiliate, which calls itself Sinai Province, mainly operates out of the northern Sinai Peninsula, which borders Israel, the Gaza Strip and the Suez Canal.

Militants have also targeted security forces in central Cairo, its outskirts and elsewhere in the past few years.


Attack at checkpoint north Cairo leaves 2 policemen killed

A number of unknown armed men opened fire Sunday at El-Egezy checkpoint in Sadat city, north-west of Cairo, leaving two policemen killed and five others injured, including two civilians.

A source at the Ambulance authority in Menoufia governorate told Youm7 that all the victims have been transferred to Sadat hospital; two of them entered operation room.


2 owners of silos detained over wheat corruption case

Public Funds prosecution has ordered the detention of two owners of silos for 15 days pending investigations over wasting public money and forging official documents.

Investigations into subsidized wheat corruption have been in full swing over the past weeks, under which many officials and silo owners have been arrested.


Ancient Egyptian tool found in England – BBC

BBC reported Saturday that an ancient Egyptian tool had been found in wardrobe in Derbyshire County, England, as it was stored there to protect it from sunlight.

The tool is a wooden maul that is believed to have been used by Egyptian craftsmen in building ancient temples of the day.


Ministry tries to reach minor who sought treatment in Italy

Spokesperson for Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said that the ministry is trying to reach Fareed, a young boy who is suffering blood cancer, and his 10-yr old brother risked an illegal immigration trip to Italy seeking a treatment.

Megahed reiterated previous statements by the ministry that Fareed’s family has not requested to treat him at state expenses; Fareed’s brother Ahmed alone traveled on an illegal boat.


500K tumor patients treated in 2016: health ministry Spox

A total of 500,000 patients with tumors and blood cancers have been treated at state expenses during the current year, Spokesperson for Health Ministry said in TV statements.

Khaled Megahed added that the total cost of the treatment was 23 million EGP



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