Egypt’s local news digest Sept. 25: Zamalek reach CAF champions league final despite 2-5 loss against Morocco’s Wydad
Egypt's Zamalek qualifies to CAF Champions League final despite 2-5 loss against Wydad Casablanca. Fifa.


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Zamalek reach CAF champions league final despite 2-5 loss against Morocco’s Wydad

Zamalek has qualified to the CAF Champions League final despite losing 5-2 against Moroccon Wydad Casablanca in the second leg of their semi-final played Saturday at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat.

Last week, Zamalek secured a 4-0 win in the first leg played in Alexandria’s Borg al Arab Stadium.

The white knights are scheduled to face Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in the CAF Champions League final after the latter defeated ZESCO United 3-2 on aggregate.

The first leg will take place in South Africa in mid-October, while the second leg will be played at Borg al Arab Stadium a week later.

Sundowns and Zamalek met in the group stage this year with the South African club winning twice.


French, Belgian delegations arrive in Egypt for tourism promotion

Media delegations from France and Belgium have arrived in Cairo on Saturday evening as part of promotion campaign to revive Egypt’s tourism sector, Youm7 reported.

Comprised of media figures at leading newspapers and media outlets of the two countries, the two delegations are set to visit landmarks in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan.

This comes within the directives of the Prime Minister to the Minister of Tourism, to invite the largest number of representatives of the international media to visit Egypt, “to improve the country’s image and sent a positive message to the world,” Nesreen Athanely of the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Authority was quoted by Youm7.

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 tourism industry makes up 11.3% of Egypt’s GDP, while providing up to 14% of the country’s foreign currency revenue, according to the adviser to the minister of tourism, Mohamed Yousef.

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.


Egypt foils 110 illegal migration attempts in 2016: Interior Minister

Egypt has foiled a total of 110 illegal immigration attempts in 2016, Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar said on Saturday.

The remarks came during a ministerial meeting headed by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail on Saturday in light of the migrant boat capsized off Egypt’s Mediterranean coast on Wednesday with 600 people on board.

A total of 5,195 people of various nationalities were arrested over illegal immigration attempts during the past 9 months, the minister added.

During the meeting, Ismail said the illegal immigration became an “organized crime” that has to be addressed through coordination among domestic and international concerned bodies

The Egyptian government has proposed a draft bill to amend a law on the illegal immigration-related crimes, Ismail told reporters on Saturday.

The amendments aim to “toughen penalties and introduce deterrent penalties for those involved in any activities related to illegal immigration,” he added.


Conference on Luxor during 1st millennium B.C. kicks off

Antiquities Minister Khaled el Anany headed to Luxor to inaugurate a conference dubbed Thebes in the first millennium B.C., the ministry announced in a statement.

Organized by the South Asasif Conservation Project (SACP,) the main focus of the conference is current archaeology and research on tombs and temples of the 25th and 26th Dynasties in the Theban area. Papers on other Egyptian sites and monuments of the Kushite and Saite Periods are also invited from all areas of research including archaeology, art history and history.

The event follows the success of the earlier conference under the same name, which was held in Luxor in 2012.

Thebes, better known as Luxor, was the capital city of Egypt during the New Kingdom Period (1,580 B.C-1,080 B.C.)


Egypt migrant boat death toll rises to 167: official

Two more bodies, including one for an Egyptian citizen, were pulled out of the water where a migrant boat drowned off Egypt’s Mediterranean coast, Governor of Rosetta city Ibrahim al Shemy was quoted by Youm7 on Sunday.

The two bodies have raised the death toll to 167, said al Shemy adding that rescue teams are still searching for more bodies.

Egypt has foiled a total of 110 illegal immigration attempts in 2016, Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar said on Saturday.

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