Egypt’s local news digest Aug. 24: Official denies receiving official U.S. complaints on Egyptian strawberries, says rumors target economy
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CAIRO: No more browsing from site to site, view the top local news stories on August 24 here:

 

Man shot dead trying to kill conscript guarding church

A policeman shot dead an armed man who tried to kill a conscript guarding a church in Cairo’s Nozha district, Youm7 reported.

The attacker stabbed a policeman securing a Church of the Virgin in Nozha, and tried to slaughter him with a knife but another policeman interfered and shot him dead.

The injured guard was taken to the hospital for treatment, and investigations started into the incident.

 

Man suicides during probe over abducting Saudi businessman

A man accused of kidnapping a Saudi resident in Egypt has committed suicide by throwing himself off the fourth floor while being interrogated by Ismailia security directorate.

 

15 unregistered migrants arrested at Sallum border

A total of 15 unregistered Egyptian migrants have been arrested at Sallum border while trying to illegally cross into Libyan territories through desert routes, Youm7 reported.

The border, which lies on the northern west part of Egypt neighboring the oil-rich state, has witnessed hundreds of such arrests of locals and foreigners, as the illegal migration practice is increasing.

 

Official denies receiving official U.S. complaints on Egyptian strawberries

Spokesperson for Agricultural Ministry Eid Hawash denied rumors of involvement of imported Egyptian strawberries in a Hepatitis A infection detected in Virginia State, America.

Hawash told Youm7 that the ministry has not received any official complaints from frozen Egyptian strawberries to the U.S, adding that the rumors are targeting the Egyptian economy.

Some U.S. TV channels reported that a number of people were infected with the virus after eating smoothies at the chain Tropical Smoothie Café, blaming the imported Egyptian strawberries for the outbreak.

The café said that it received a notification from the health department in Virginia sharing the same concerns over the imported fruit; the chain afterwards announced withdrawing the Egyptian strawberries from its branches.

However, Mada Masr website quoted medical experts who ruled out the American explanation of the outbreak, adding that the virus “could not survive various preservation mechanisms,” suggesting that “it is more likely that the juice makers are the responsible for the contagion.”

 

1st batch of Hajj pilgrims via land routes travel Friday

The first batch of Hajj pilgrims traveling by land route will leave Friday in ferries via Nuewiba Port first and then take buses from Jordan, Youm7 reported.

The first batch includes 1,895 pilgrims who will be aboard of ferries that belong to the El-Gesr Al-Araby navigational Company.

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