UPDATE- Egypt’s local news digest Sept. 19: 2 army pilots killed in military helicopter crash in Sharqia; heat wave starts Tuesday; VAT not to be applied to medical, educational services
Military helicopter fall in Delta's Sharqia, leaving two pilots dead. Photo published on Youm7.

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2 pilots killed after military jet fall in Sharqia

Two pilots killed after their military helicopter fall near an airport in Delta’s Sharqia Monday, Youm7 reported.

Abu Hammad Police station was notified with the accident that took place in Shendy Farm, where the jet crashed.

Ambulance cars were deployed to the site, and a fire was seen erupting from the crashed helicopter.


Heat wave to hit Cairo Tuesday, lasts 3 days

Forecasters have warned against a heat wave starting Tuesday, and will last for three days.

Cairo will see hot weather with highs of 36° and lows of 23°, according to Youm7.

In the Mediterranean cities of Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh, the temperature will be in the range recording highs of 34° and 35°, respectively.

The temperature will hit high in Upper Egypt’s cities of Aswan and Luxor, reaching 41° and 40° respectively.


VAT will not be applied to medical services, school fees: IDSC

Egypt’s government has denied any increase in medical or educational services fees as a result of the adoption of the value-added taxes.

According to Youm7, the Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) that is part of the cabinet, has stated that VAT act will not be applied to medical services at hospitals or school fees.


EgyptAir to fly 6,300 Egyptian pilgrims back home Tuesday

EgyptAir will fly 16 flights carrying 6,300 Egyptian pilgrims back from Saudi Arabia Tuesday, after they performed Hajj rituals, youm7 reported.

The flights will be flying from King Abdel Aziz Airport in Jeddah and Prince Mohamed Bin Abdel Aziz Airport in Madina.


Mallawi Museum will be inaugurated on Thursday

Upper Egypt’s Mallawi Museum will be inaugurated on Thursday after the end of the restoration works, Youm7 reported.

The Museum artifacts have been restored after being looted in the unrest followed the 2013 dispersal of the Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins.

The Mallawi Museum was established in 1963, and housed an important collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts.

Egypt’s political turmoil since the January 25 Revolution in 2011 and its consequent security lapse have left the country’s cultural heritage vulnerable to looting.

During the past four years, Egypt has recovered more than 1,600 artifacts and is currently working on other cases in many European countries, head of the Repatriated Artifacts Department Aly Ahmed previously told The Cairo Post.


Armed forces distribute 18 mln baby formula cans to alleviate shortage

The Central Administration of Pharmaceutical Affairs, affiliates with the Ministry of Health, said the Egyptian Armed forces have got the license to import a total of 18 million cans of baby formula to distribute for the pharmacies nationwide with subsidized price, Youm7 reported. The can will be sold for 30 EGP ($3.38).

In late march, media outlets reported a number of families and pharmacists nationwide saying that pharmacies suffer shortage in infant formula.


14 new schools operates Sunday in Cairo

A total of 14 new governmental schools will operate on Sunday with capacity of 371 classes and a cost at 74 million EGP for the three of educational phases (primary, preparatory, and secondary) in Cairo, Youm7 reported Cairo governor Atef Abdel-Hamid on Monday.

The goverorate will launch a tender to establish a total of 113 schools at a cost of 750 million EGP, in light of achieving the General Authority for Educational Buildings plan for the Fiscal Year 2016/2017, he added.


Egypt builds a school for nuclear sciences

Egyptian government is building a school for the nuclear sciences to be opened next educational year 2016/2017, stated Minister of Education Al Hilali al Sherbini in a press conference on Monday.

He added that the government targets building a total of 10 schools; Egypt has announced its plan, in cooperation with Russia, to build its first nuclear power plant in the Mediterranean city of Dabaa.

A total of 50 Egyptian students have been granted scholarships in nuclear energy by Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation

The students are expected to be trained on difference specialties in the field to become cadres in their home country after a competition that was held between Egyptian universities and research centers.


15 families evacuated after 4-storey building partially collapsed

A total of 15 families were evacuated after a four-storey building partially collapsed in Alexandria on Monday, Youm7 reported.

Building collapses have often occurred in Egypt, with reasons commonly attributed to construction violations and illegal extensions.

Poor construction and lack of maintenance have also reportedly caused several collapses over the past months, especially in Upper Egypt’s impoverished villages where buildings are usually made of mud bricks and roofed by palm fronds.

Between July 2012 and June 2013, 392 residential buildings collapsed, resulting in 192 deaths, according to a survey by the Egyptian Initiatives for Personal Rights (EIPR.)

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