UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Sept. 16:150 Zamalek fans arrested for holding fake tickets
Zamalek fans during a football match. Youm7


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150 Zamalek fans arrested for holding fake tickets

A total of 150 Zamalek fans were arrested on Friday for holding forged tickets of a football match between their team and Morocco’s Wydad in the CAF Champions League semi-finals.

The fans were escorted to Alexandria’s Borg al Arab police stations, the source added.

Security forces have reinforced its presence in the vicinity of the Alexandria’s Borg El Arab Stadium ahead of the encounter.

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.

Death toll among Egyptian pilgrims rises to 41

The death toll among Egyptian pilgrims has climbed to 41, 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.


Sharm airport receives 8,953 tourists

A total of 8,953 tourists of different nationalities on board 50 local and international flights arrived at Sharm El Sheikh International Airport over the past 24 hours. An official source at the airport told Youm7 on Friday.

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.


Floating bridge in north-eastern of Egypt to be inaugurate in December: official

Port Said Governorate is preparing for the inauguration of a floating bridge links between Port Said and Port Fouad cities in north-eastern Egypt, which is due to be held in December, Governor Adel el Ghadban said Friday.

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has constructed the bridge, with a load of 70 tons, at a cost of 145 million EGP, he added in media remarks.


89 tourist groups arrive in Egypt Friday: official at Cairo Airport

A total of 89 tourist group, from different nationalities, have arrived in the Cairo International Airport on Friday to visit Egypt’s archeological sites, Youm7 reported official at the airport.

He added that the groups include 3,040 Arab and foreign tourists on board of a total of 72 flights; Egypt’s tourism suffer

Egypt’s tourism sector, which represents 11 percent of the country’s GDP, has been suffering from ongoing shocks ever since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

Despite a few instances of apparent recovery, continuous instability, political turmoil and a lack of security have remained challenges to the sector.


Mild weather prevail on Egypt’s northern parts: Meteorologists 

Meteorological experts predicted that a mild weather to prevail today on Friday over the northern coast cities of Egypt, turning hot on Upper Egypt governorates and Cairo, Youm7 reported.

Meanwhile, low and middle clouds appear in the northern coast; the moderate wind is active on the Sinai, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Suez, the Mediterranean Sea, leading to disruption of navigation there.


174 harassment cases reported during 2016 Eid Al Adha: Aman

Anti-harassment movement Aman has announced Friday that a total of 174 legal complains from harassment were reported during 2016 Eid Al Adha festivals, which took place over four days, in Cairo and Giza.

The organization added in a statement that the number of complaints is increasing since 2012 although the denial from certain governmental organizations.


Small fire broke out in Terminal 1 of Cairo Airport 

Small fire broke out in the terminal 1 of Cairo International Airport; but the Civil Defense Department managed to put it out Thursday evening, Youm7 reported

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