UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Sept.1: In Egypt, cupping trend attracts new converts
U.S. Olympic gold medallist swimmer Michael Phelps . REUTERS/Mike Segar


CAIRO: No more browse from site to site anymore, here is Egypt’s updated local news for Sept. 1:

In Egypt, cupping trend attracts new converts

(REUTERS)-The ancient treatment of cupping therapy, said to help blood circulation and relieve muscle tension, is attracting new converts since swimmer Michael Phelps hit the pool in the Rio Olympics with circular red marks on his back.

The therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures. Body-builder Abdelrahman Ahmed was one of several people taking the treatment at a medical center in Shubra El-Kheima on the outskirts of Cairo.

Glass cups are placed on the body to create suction. The method is said to draw out any toxins, improve blood flow, and soothe sore muscles.

Mohamed El-Sayed, a practitioner for more than five years, says his patients vary from elders with kidney failure to ordinary men with back spasms and women with menstrual cramps.


Dozens in Cairo protest infant subsidized milk shortage

Dozens gathered along Cairo Nile Corniche and blocked a main road on Thursday protesting against the severe shortage of subsidized infant milk, state news agency al Akhbar reported.

The protest was staged outside the state-run Egyptian Pharmaceutical Trading Company while the riot police reinforced their presence in the area to reopen the road.

Health Minister Ahmed Emad said the protesters did not know the ministry’s new outlets selling the milk, according to Al Akhbar. He said the ministry established over 1,000 outlets, out of which 109 in Cairo, to sell the subsidized infant milk.

The minister added that the Egyptian armed forces have pumped a total of 30 million infant milk bottles across the country at the price of 30 EGP (around $3.)

The current government system grants each infant 12 milk bottles a month, said Emad.


EgyptAir operates 24 flights to Saudi Arabia to transport 5,371 pilgrims on Thur.

EgyptAir will operate 24 direct flights to Saudi Arabia on Thursday to transport 5,371 pilgrims to Jeddah and Medina for Hajj pilgrimage, Youm7 reported.

Egypt’s national carrier will operate 17 flights from cairo, Aswan and Sharm al Sheikh airports to Jeddah carrying 4,070 pilgrims, Safwat Mussalam, Chairman & CEO of EgyptAir holding company was quoted by Youm7.

The company will also operate seven direct flights from Cairo International Airport to Saudi Arabia’s city of Medina to carry 1,041 pilgrims on Thursday, he added.

Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims.


Summer discount might extend after Eid al-Adha

Ministry of Supply is studying to extend the period of summer discount after the Eid el-Adha (Sacrifice Feast) due to low turnout, Youm7 reported.

A summer discount on clothes has started Aug. 8 and was set to be in effect for 30 days.


Video: Young woman seen dancing ballet in Giza

A video footage for a young woman believed to be dancing ballet in the street, south Cairo stirred controversy on social media.



The girl was seen dancing and spinning while cars were moving near her in Faisal St. in Giza, according to Youm7.

Two men, who captured the video, were heard laughing at what the girl was doing in the middle of the street.


Egypt’s Mufti urges against leaving remnants of sacrificed animals in streets

Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam called on citizens not to leave remnants of sacrificed animals in the streets during Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) and that to maintain healthy environment and adhere Muslim behavior, Youm7 reported.

Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage and the willingness of biblical patriarch Abraham—also venerated in the Quran—to sacrifice his son to God. A traditional animal sacrifice is an integral part of the celebration of the holiday, and the meat is shared with family, friends and the poor.


9.7K Hep C patients treated in Damietta

A total of 9,700 patients with Hepatitis C have been treated in Damietta governorate, director of Damietta Fever Hospital Gamal el-Deeb told Youm7.

The government has previously announced curing thousands of Hep C patients based on a locally manufactured medical regimen.


World sees Thursday last solar eclipse of 2016

The world will see Thursday the second and last solar eclipse this year on Thursday, where the moon covers 97.4 percent of the disc of the sun, head of Astronomy department at the National Institute for Astronomical Research Ashraf Tadros.

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