Egypt’s local news digest Sept. 30: Cyprus court orders extradition of Egyptian hijacker
EgyptAir plane hijack suspect Seif Eddin Mustafa, 59, 2nd left, with t-shirt is escorted by Cyprus police officers as he arrives in a court in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, April 22, 2016. Mustafa described as "psychologically unstable" hijacked a flight on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, from Egypt to Cyprus and threatened to blow it up. His explosives turned out to be fake, and he surrendered with all passengers released unharmed after a bizarre six-hour standoff. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

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32 Egyptian nationals complain of Saudi sponsors abuse, demand return to homeland  

A total of 32 Egyptian fishermen have called up on authorities to help them return home after their Saudi sponsors allegedly abused some of them, Youm7 reported from a video.

The fishermen went to work for a sponsor in Saudi Arabia, but on arrival, they found the fishing boats unsuitable for work.

“We stayed 45 days without fishing, and participated in maintenance of the boats without being paid,” said Mostafa el-Gammal, one of the fishermen who spoke in the video.

He said that their sponsor refuse to let them return to their home country, and treat them badly.


9 people rescued after microbus fall into a conduit in Upper Egypt

Nine passengers were rescued from drowning after a microbus fall into an Upper Egypt conduit, Youm7 reported.

Security forces at the site in El-Shaaneya Village in Qena governorate are still working to recover other survivors off the water.


Cyprus court orders extradition of Egyptian hijacker – REUTERS

(REUTERS): A court in Cyprus on Friday ordered the extradition of an Egyptian who hijacked an aircraft with a fake explosive belt, diverting it to the island in March.

Seif Eldin Mustafa, 59, failed to convince the Nicosia district court that he could not get a fair trial in his home country, the semi-official Cyprus News Agency reported.

Mustafa commandeered a domestic Alexandria-Cairo flight with 72 passengers and crew on board on March 29, ordering the pilot to divert to Larnaca airport on the Mediterranean island.

He surrendered about six hours later, after gradually releasing all passengers and crew unharmed. One passenger took ‘selfies’ with Mustafa which were posted on social media.

Mustafa had taken charge of the early morning flight by showing flight attendants what appeared to be a belt stuffed with plastic wires and a remote control. After directing the flight to Cyprus, he asked for the release of female prisoners in Egypt, and to come in contact with his Cypriot ex-wife.


Egyptian embassy: 5 female Egyptian squash players ranked among top 20 world players

Egyptian Embassy to the United States of America has tweeted congratulating five female Egyptian Squash players over being ranked among the top 20 players worldwide.

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