UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Sept. 28: 3,200 year-old temple ruins unearthed in Cairo’s Matariya: statement
Ruins of a temple discovered in Cairo's Matariya. the fragment bears name of Ramses II. Antiquities Ministry Facebook page.


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3,200 year-old temple ruins unearthed in Cairo’s Matariya: statement

A German-Egyptian archaeological mission has discovered ruins of a temple that might have dated back to the reign of Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II (1279 B.C. – 1213 B.C.), the antiquities ministry announced in a statement Wednesday.

“These evidences were uncovered about 450 meters to the west of the obelisk of King Senusret I in Matariya as the mission stumbled upon a number of blocks from the temple courtyards and fragments of the temple statuary,” said Mahmud Afifi,Head of the ancient Egyptian Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities .

“The ruins show King Ramses II anointing a divinity. His name is rendered by a rather rare variant ‘Paramessu’,” he added.


FIFA president in Cairo to attend CAF general assembly

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has arrived in Cairo Wednesday to take part in the general assembly of the Confederation of the African Football (CAF) scheduled to be held on Thursday, Youm7 reported.

The annual meeting will be held at the CAF headquarters in Cairo. The visit is Infantino’s first to Egypt since was he elected in February this year.

Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, the newly-elected FIFA president was received by Egypt’s Minister of Youth and Sports Khaled Abdel-Aziz, CAF president Issa Hayatou and Egyptian Football Association (EFA) president Hany Abou-Rida.

Infantino is also set to visit the EFA headquarters on Thursday to congratulate the newly elected board.


Test run kicks off for newly-renovated Cairo airport terminal 2

The test run for the Cairo International Airport’s terminal building 2 (TB2) has kicked off Wednesday after the arrival of Kuwait Airways’ flight with 58 passengers on board, Youm7 reported.

The terminal underwent a renovation and capacity expansion project that started in January 2012.

The project included the renovation of the existing building and landside area, as well as the construction of new buildings that include a new departure hall and airside pier, all ancillary buildings, services, electromechanical equipments, and baggage handling system, Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy was quoted by Youm7 on Wednesday.

Launched to meet the rapidly increasing passenger traffic at Cairo International Airport, the project aims to increase the terminal’s capacity to 7.5m passengers per year which is almost double the current capacity, Fathy said.


16.9K encroachments on Nile River since January 2015: Ministry

Ministry of Irrigation announced that the total encroachments on the Nile have reached 16,917 cases since January 2015.

Out of the total violations, around 11,447 cases have been removed in 16 governorates.

Launched in January 2015, the “Nile Charter Campaign” aims to remove 50, 399 violations that affect the river, which is the main water resource for Egypt.

Save The Nile Campaign has previously managed to remove thousands of transgressions on the Nile.

The encroachments are monitored via satellite and aerial photography, and the footage is reviewed by “Nile Guards” Committee formed as part of the campaign.


10 involved in migrant boat crisis arrested

A total of 10 people believed to be members of illegal immigration mafia agents have been arrested in Delta’s Beheira over involvement in the migration boat crisis that left over 200 deaths last week, Youm7 reported.


Attack at Cairo bank, 2 security guards injured

A number of unknown armed assailants stormed a bank in Bulaq Abu el-Ela, Cairo, Youm7 reported.

The assailants opened fire on a police man and a security guard outside the bank, and escaped the scene immediately.

Investigation authorities announced reviewing surveillance cameras of the bank to identify the perpetrators.


Captain says migration boat’s fridge contained 30 dead bodies

A captain who helped in pulling out the capsized migration boat off waters said that it had a fridge of one meter in length contained 30 bodies, Youm7 reported.

Adham Allam was the captain of the ship that assisted in pulling out the Rasheed boat that sank last week and left 202 dead migrants.

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