Egypt’s local news digest Aug. 31: Policeman arrested over illegal excavation in Upper Egypt; 350 civil associations closed in Gharbiya

CAIRO: No more browse from site to site anymore, here is Egypt’s local news that took place on Aug. 31:



Ministry of Solidarity closes 350 civil associations in Gharbiya

Ministry of Solidarity has dissolved a total of 350 non-functioning charity associations in Gharbiya governorate; Youm7 quoted Gamal Nassar, an official at the ministry.

Nassar, Undersecretary of the ministry, said that there are 1,653 associations whose activities are weak; he added that these associations might face closure in case they did not strengthen their program.

Gharbiya has around 32 care centers, making it the second governorate following Cairo in terms of number of civil associations.

A current Civil Society law has attracted huge criticism as many consider it an attempt to turn civil associations into quasi-government bodies.


3 killed, 17 injured in bus turn over in Beni Suef

Three people were killed and 17 were injured after a bus turned over on El-Geish-Minya Road in Beni Suef governorate.

The injuries varied between bruises, fractures and suspected bleeding in the brain.

The injured were taken to two hospitals, while the dead bodies were transferred to Beni Suef University Morgue.


Policeman arrested over illegal excavation in Upper Egypt

A policeman was arrested during illegal excavation works along with a group of workers searching for antiquities in Upper Egypt’s Sohag governorate.

The arrested policeman is accused of using his job and hiring people to do illegal excavation, promising he will protect them.


Passenger busted over smuggling huge amount of optical lenses

A passenger arriving from Italy has been arrested over trying to smuggle a huge amount of optical lenses without paying customs, Youm7 reported.

The seized lenses are reportedly worth 150,000 EGP, and were meant to be delivered to a local company.


Iraqi detained for 15 days over forming gang

An Iraqi national who is accused of forming a gang targeting people inside their cars and stealing them outside banks, has his detention renewed by 15 days pending investigations.

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