UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Sept. 24: Prosecution renews detention of Beheira’s migrant boat crew members
People gather along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea during a search for victims after a migrant boat capsized, in Al-Beheira, Egypt, September 21, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer


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Prosecution renews detention of Beheira’s migrant boat crew members

Egyptian prosecutors renewed on Saturday the detention of four crew members of the boat that had capsized off the Mediterranean governorate of Beheira for 15 days pending investigations, Youm7 reported.

The Damanhour prosecution also ordered the arrest of other nine people over involvement in the Wednesday disaster that killed at least 165 people.

The boat, named ‘Mawkeb al Rasol’, drowned about 12 nautical miles northeast of Beheira’s city of Rosetta with over 600 illegal migrants on board.

More than 150 people from countries, including Sudan, Eritrea and Somali have been rescued by the Egyptian authorities over the past two days.

A fisherman and his mother were remanded in custody for four days over involvement in running the boat, state news agency MENA on Saturday.


Administrative court to look into govt’s appeal on annulling Saudi-Egyptian islands deal

The first circuit of the Supreme Administrative Court was assigned to look into an appeal filed by the government against a court decision annulling the controversial handover of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, Youm7 reported Saturday.

The deal over the islands of Tiran and Sanafir, which was signed in April, prompted public protests.

In June, the State Council ruled that the islands, strategically situated at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba, must remain under Egyptian sovereignty.

A day later, the State Lawsuits Authority, representing the government, has appealed the agreement-quashing ruling.


2.2k tourists arrive in Sharm al Sheikh, push hotel occupancy rate to 20%: official

A total of 2,190 tourists of different nationalities have arrived at Sharm al Sheikh International Airport during the past 24 hours, the head of South Sinai’s task force Essam Khedr told Youm7 on Saturday.

The airport received nine international flights and 13 domestic flights carrying tourists visiting the Red Sea resort city, Khedr said, adding that the average occupancy rate at Sharm al-Sheikh hotels at the moment is estimated at 20 percent.

The number of tourists visiting Egypt has witnessed a sharp decline following the crash of a Russian airliner over Sinai in late October. Germany, Italy, Russia, France, and the U.K. are among the states that decided to halt 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.

British and Italian tourists account for more than 65 percent of Sharm al-Sheikh holiday makers, the Tourism Ministry’s economy adviser Adela Ragab was quoted earlier by Youm7.

The number of tourists visiting Egypt in February 2016 decreased by 45.9 percent compared to the same period a year earlier, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) reported.


PM discusses developments of migration boat capsize

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail is set to hold a ministerial meeting to discuss the latest developments of the illegal migration boat that capsized last week and left at least 162 deaths.

Ismail has followed up on the crisis as rescue works are underway to recover the bodies of the victims.

The boat named “Mawkeb al-Rasol” sank off the Mediterranean governorate of Beheira with over 600 unregistered migrants on board.


8 Egyptian universities among Times Higher Education Rankings

Eight Egyptian universities are listed among the top universities as part of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

According to the ranking, the American University in Cairo, Suez Canal University and Sohag University were ranked between 601-800, while Cairo University ranked 801+.

Ain Shams University, Alexandria University and South Valley University also ranked 801+.


EgyptAir flies 4K pilgrims back home Saturday

EgyptAir is scheduled to fly 4,000 pilgrims back home from Jeddan and Madina Saturday, after performing Hajj rituals, Youm7 reported.


Egyptian delegation in Moscow to discuss lifting Russia ban on vegetables, fruits

A delegation of Agriculture Ministry will visit Moscow Saturday to negotiate lifting restrictions Russia imposed on Egyptian vegetables and fruits.


Drug tests to school drivers to start Saturday

A drug test campaign will be applied to school bus drivers starting Saturday, for the third consecutive year, according to Youm7.

The campaign targets this school year examining 4,000 drivers.

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