UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Sept. 15: Oldest centenarian in Egypt’s Suez Canal region dies at the age of 123
Wahiba Motawea Gad el Rab with her neighbor. Youm7.


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Oldest centenarian in Egypt’s Suez Canal region dies at the age of 123

The oldest person in Egypt’s three Suez Canal governorates has died Thursday at the age of 123, Youm7 reported.

The Centenarian, Wahiba Motawea Gad el Rab was born in 1893 in Upper Egypt, her neighbor told Youm7.

“She said that she got lost at her hometown in Upper Egypt and moved to live Suez Canal’s governorate of Ismailia where she died,” he said.

She has been living alone in a small apartment since 1950, he said.


Security beefed up in Egypt’s Alexandria ahead of Zamalek-Wydad CAF Champions semi-final

Security forces have reinforced its presence in Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Alexandria ahead of the football encounter between Egypt’s Zamalek and Morocco’s Wydad in the CAF Champions League semi-final, Youm7 reported.

The first leg of the semi-final will be played at Alexandria’s Borg El Arab Stadium on Friday, with the return encounter set a week later at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Morocco.


480 tourists arrive in Luxor

Four charter direct flights from Germany arrived in Luxor International Airport on Thursday carrying 480 tourists, Youm7 reported.

The flights came from Germany’s international airports of Munich, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Schönefeld, said director of public relations and media at Luxor Airport Khairy Hassan Bakhit.

The number of tourists visiting Egypt witnessed a sharp decline following the crash of a Russian airliner over Sinai in late October. Germany, Italy, Russia, France, and the UK halted flights to and from Egyptian airports shortly after the crash.

The industry took a further dive following the murder of Italian Cambridge University graduate, Giulio Regeni, whose body was found dumped along a highway with signs of torture in Egypt’s Giza governorate in early February.


1,911 Egyptian pilgrims return back home Wednesday

A total of 1,911 Egyptian pilgrims returned back home Wednesday evening on board of 14 flights coming from Saudi Arabia after performing pilgrimage ritual, Youm7 reported officials at the Cairo International Airport.

It is scheduled that a total of 75,000 pilgrims will return home from Madina, starting on Saturday after the end of 2016 Pilgrimage season on Thursday.


Death toll among Egyptian pilgrims rises to 33: health minister

The death toll among Egyptian pilgrims has climbed to 35, Executive Chairperson of the Egyptian Hajj Mission Sayed Maher was quoted by Youm7 on Thursday.

All the cases died of natural causes, including heat exhaustion, high blood pressure and hypertension, he said, adding that their ages ranged from 57 to 86.

Some Egyptian pilgrims start to leave Mina for Mecca on Wednesday morning after having finished the stoning of the Devil rituals. Egyptair announced an airlift to ferry pilgrims back will start on Saturday.


80% of construction works of Siemens power plant in Egypt completed

Eighty percent of construction works of an electricity power plant, which has been built by Siemens, in Ghayadah city iof Sharqia governoarte has completed, Youm7 reported Beni Suif governor Sherif Habib Thursday.

Power generation units, which include steam and gas turbines and boilers, have been built; it is scheduled that the plant will operate in December with a capacity of 2,400 megawatt.

The power plant is one of three in an eight billion Euro contract Egypt signed with Siemens in June 2015 will add 16.4 gigawatts of capacity to the country’s grid and expected to increase its power generation capacity by 50 per cent.


Egypt braces for swarms of locusts  

The Central Administration of Pest Control at the Ministry of Agriculture has formed four committees to follow and take all cautious procedures against swarms of the desert locusts along with Egypt’s western and southern borders, Youm7 reported the Administration chairperson Ashraf Abdel-Razeq Thursday.

The Swarms of locusts are usually be active in the period of time between January and April, Abdel-Razeq added, noting that the Egypt has already a total 45 units for locusts combating.


90 Volvo buses operate after Eid Al Adha holidays

A total of 90 Volvo buses will come into operation following Eid Al Adha holidays nationwide, said Chairperson of the Egyptian Public Transport Authority Rezq Abu-Ali in media remarks on Thursday.

The ministry has contracted with the Swedish company to buy a total of 150 buses, Abu-Ali adde, noting that the other 60 buses already on operation.

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