UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Sept.3: Egypt’s Army to import infant milk to curb market monopoly
Mothers protest in Cairo against shortage in baby formula. Parlamany


CAIRO: No more browse from site to site anymore, here is Egypt’s local news for Sept. 3:

Egypt’s Army to import infant milk to curb market monopoly

The Egyptian army announced it will import an infant milk shipment and distribute it to the pharmacies at a price of 30 EGP ($3) per package, instead of 60 EGP.

The shipment will arrive in Sep. 15 and aims to curb a market monopoly, which represents “a burden on the low income people,” military spokesperson Mohamed Samir said in a statement on Saturday.

The decision comes after dozens gathered outside the state-run Egyptian Pharmaceutical Trading Company in Cairo Thursday and blocked a main road protesting against the severe shortage of subsidized infant milk.

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


779 Egyptian pilgrims leave for Saudi Arabia

A total of 779 Egyptian pilgrims have travelled from Sinai’s city of Nuweiba to Saudi Arabia on Saturday to perform Hajj rituals, Youm7 reported.

The batch is the last since the start of the Hajj season, during which over 10,000 pilgrims have traveled.

Medical clinics, set up by the Egyptian health ministry in Saudi’s holy cities of Mecca and Medina, have received over 17,000 patients until Saturday morning, the ministry announced in a statement.

As of Saturday, a total of eight Egyptian pilgrims died in Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the Hajj season, which will conclude on Sep. 12.


Pope Tawadros II in Amman to participate in MECC general assembly

Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese arrived in Jordanian capital on Saturday to take part in the 11th General Assembly of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC,) Youm7 reported.

The assembly, which will be held Sep. 5-8, will be attended by most of the spiritual heads of Churches.

Upon arrival at Queen Alyaa Airport, the pope, along with his accompanying Coptic Orthodox church delegation, was welcomed by Jordanian king’s envoy Prince Ghazi bin Hamad, Jordanian minister of Tourism and Amman governor.

The visit is Pope Tawadros’s first to Jordan since he took office in Nov. 2012.


2 Gulf nationals, policeman investigated over human trafficking charges

Two Gulf nationals have been ordered detained for four days pending investigations over charges of human trafficking by selling Indonesian maids, Youm7 reported.

The prosecution accused the two nationals of bringing Indonesian women from Jordan and entering them illegally to Egypt, to be sold as maids to wealthy people.

Investigations showed that the two Gulf nationals have formed a gang with Egyptians, and were assisted by a policeman at Cairo Airport who facilitated their entrance to the country.


Flight landed safely in Alexandria after attempted storming to cockpit

A flight reportedly landed safely at Borg el-Arab Airport in Alexandria Friday after a passenger tried to forcibly enter the cockpit, Youm7 reported.

The crew of Air Cairo plane ensured the passenger did not have a weapon or any tool that would endanger the safety of the passengers.

The assaulting passenger was arrested and investigated over the incident.

The flight was heading from Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh to Borg el-Arab, and was carrying 150 passengers.


Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia to sign Renaissance dam studies Monday

Irrigation Ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia are set to sign Renaissance dam studies on Monday, Youm7 reported.

The officials decided to hold a meeting for the national technical committee of the dam Monday and Tuesday in Khartoum city, Sudan.

They are supposed to sign a deal of the advisory bureau that will study the negative impacts of the dam on Egypt and Sudan.


New smart card gates to be installed at metro in Jan. 2017

Egyptian Metro Company announced that the new magnetic smart card gates will be installed in January 2017, Youm7 reported.

The company has signed a contract to import 850 new smart card gates from the French group Thales in order to replace the old ones on both the first and the second metro lines.


Heightened security measures ahead of Eid al-Adha

Beheira security directorate has announced taking all security preparations to counter all forms of terrorist acts and sabotage during Eid al-Adha (Sacrifice Feast) holiday.

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