UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest on Sept. 1:Egypt reopens Rafah border crossing for 2nd time in week
People wait for travel permits to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing after it was opened by Egyptian authorities on Wednesday for two days for the first time in three months, in the southern Gaza Strip May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa


CAIRO: No more browse from site to another, here is Egypt’s updated politics digest for Sept.1: 

Egypt reopens Rafah border crossing for 2nd time in week

Egypt will reopen the Rafah border crossing on Saturday for two days to accommodate Palestinian pilgrims and facilitate humanitarian aid, Youm7 reported.

The crossing will reopen in both directions to allow for the passage of urgent humanitarian cases, sick people and permit holders, ahead of Eid al Adha, an Egyptian official at the border told Youm7.

The opening of the crossing between Egypt’s North Sinai province and Palestine’s Gaza Strip marks the second time this week. It was opened on Tuesday – Thursday and allowed over 1,600 pilgrims to travel through the border.


Sisi, Egyptian-Indian business council members talk investment opportunities

President Abdel Fattah al Sisi initiated his visit to India with a meeting with members of the Egyptian-Indian Business Council on Thursday, Youm7 reported.

During the meeting, Sisi and the council members reviewed ways of increasing trade volume between Egypt and India and ways to boost Indian investments in the Egyptian market.

During the three-day visit, Sisi will hold talks with the Indian president, prime minister and a number of senior officials and businessmen.

India is Egypt’s sixth largest trading partner.


Conscript, civilian killed in North Sinai bombing

A conscript from the Egyptian police force and a civilian were killed on Thursday after an improvised explosive device detonated in an armored vehicle in North Sinai, Youm7 reported.

The bodies were transferred to Al-Arish military hospital, a security source told Youm7.

Meanwhile, security forces in North Sinai thwarted three attempts to attack checkpoints throughout the governorate on Thursday, military source told Youm7. He added that the security forces killed three militants.

Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.


Sisi starts 3-day Asia tour to India

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi left Cairo Thursday for a three-day Asia tour that will start with a visit to India and then China, Youm7 reported.

Sisi’s visit to India is per an invitation by the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, where he will meet also with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a number of senior officials and businessmen.

The visit is meant to develop bilateral cooperation with India in different fields, especially economic, investment and development levels to benefit from the Indian expertise in national industry diversification.


795 Palestinian pilgrims cross Rafah border since Tuesday

795 Palestinian pilgrims have crossed Rafah border to travel to Mecca through Cairo Airport, Youm7 reported.

The border was opened Tuesday and will operate until Thursday from one direction.


Sisi forms high elections committee

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued a decision to form a high elections committee, Youm7 reported.

The decision has been released in August, and it stipulates that Judge Serry el-Gamal, president of Cairo Appeal Court, will head the committee.


Egyptian parliament to celebrate 150th anniversary of establishment

Parliamentary sub-committee concerned with African affairs announced it will hold a meeting Sunday to prepare for the African Parliamentary conference that will take place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Youm7 reported.

MP Maged Abu el-Kheir said that parliament’s speaker Ali Abdel Aal will call on Arab and African parliaments to attend a ceremony celebrating 150th anniversary of Egyptian Parliament’s establishment.


Parliament resumes religious discourse discussions with Al-Azhar

The Religious Affairs committee at the parliament will continue discussions regarding the renewal of religious discourse with Al-Azhar Institute.

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