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Boat carrying 600 illegal immigrants capsizes off Egypt’s Mediterranean coast, 150 rescued

At least 38 people drowned when a boat carrying about 600 illegal immigrants capsized off Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Kafr el Sheikh on Wednesday, Youm7 reported.

The boat had set sail to Italy from the Kafr el Sheikh’s town of Rosetta, 30 kilometers south of Alexandria, security source told Youm7.

The source added that a total of 150 people have been rescued so far.

The Egyptian authorities deployed search teams in search for more survivors from the incident which is the biggest operation of illegal immigration in the city.

More than 10,000 people have died crossing the Mediterranean to Europe since 2014, according to the UN.

The military has previously announced arresting hundreds of people over illegal immigration at Egypt’s different borders, which have witnessed heightened security measures to curb the illegal practice.


Egypt’s strategic wheat reserves enough to last for next four months -minister

Egypt’s strategic wheat reserves are enough for the coming four months, the supply ministry said in a news conference on Wednesday.

The ministry will make up for the recent slow-down in wheat imports due to Egypt’s zero-tolerance policy on ergot over the coming months by operating all ports, the minister said.


Italy operates 11 direct flights to Egypt in October : Ambassador

An agreement was reached with in Italian businessman to operate 11 direct flights from a number of Italian cities to Egypt’s resort of Sharm El Sheikh in October, Egyptian Ambassador in Rome Amr Helmy was quoted by Youm7 on Wednesday.

Italian tour operators, media figures and officials will be invited to visit Egypt in October to review safety measures taken by the Egyptian authorities in the Red Sea resort, Helmy said.

The first flight will take off from Milan, he added.

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.

The number of tourists visiting Egypt in March 2016 decreased by 47.2 percent compared to the same month last year, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS,) Egypt’s official statistical agency.


Cairo sees high temperature of 38° Wednesday

Forecasters have expected a hot weather to prevail on Wednesday, with another rise in Cairo temperature reaching highs of 38° and lows of 24°.

In the Mediterranean cities of Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh, temperature will record 33° and 32° respectively.

Official forecast authority said that Cairo temperature will relent by 6 degrees across the country to record 33°.


Cairo hunts overpricing of mobile recharging cards

Cairo security directorate has launched a crackdown against traders who sell mobile recharging cards for higher prices than that determined by the government.

A total of five cases were seized in Cairo, according to Youm7.


7-mln EGP road projects carried out in Upper Egypt: minister

Minister of Transport Galal el-Saeed announced that the ministry is carrying out a group of projects in Upper Egypt governorates part of the national road network worth 7 billion EGP.

He said that the projects include developing and doubling roads of 660 km of length.


2.5 mln students to join Egypt’s universities this academic year: official

Ashraf Hatem, the secretary of the Supreme Council of Universities, said that universities and institutes, both public and private sectors, will receive a number of 2.5 million students this academic year.


Gov’t takes preventive measures to combat bird flu virus

The Ministry of Health has taken a number of proactive preventive measures to combat bird flu H5N1 virus in governorates, especially ahead of winter season where the virus is active.

The measures include periodical vaccination of domestic birds, culling of infected poultry, disinfection of farms and applying cleansing procedures at the infected site.

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