UPDATE – Egypt’s local news digest Oct. 3: 17 students in Delta poisoned after popcorn meal
Archived picture of students standing in a line at a school - YOUM7/Amr Moustafa

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54 arrested at Sallum border before illegal entry to Libya

Border guards at Egypt’s western crossing “Sallum” have thwarted an attempt by 54 people to illegally travel to Libya via desert routes, Youm7 reported.

The arrested migrants were all Egyptians coming from eight different governorates.


17 students in Delta poisoned after popcorn meal

A school in Delta was under fire after 17 students were poisoned eating pop corn; however, an education ministry official said the school does not provide meals.

Farida Megahed, undersecretary of Education Ministry in Sharqia, said that the students have bought the pop corn from a market near the school.

A hospital in Sharqia receive 17 primary level students suffering from vomiting, diarrhea after eating invalid meal; they received necessary treatment and were released.


30 young men arrested over harassing girls outside Alexandria schools

Police arrested Monday 30 young men accused of harassing girls outside schools in the Medietrranean city of Alexandria, according to Youm7.


Two Egyptian schoolyards transformed into wedding party venues at night

A reader sent Youm7 a video footage showing a schoolyard was used a wedding party venue in Faraskur city of Damietta Governorate on Saturday.

The reader said that it is not the first time that a wedding party to be organized in the schoolyard; Faraskur Educational Directorate reported the event and will conduct an investigation with the officials.

It has been reported that another school in Haram district of Giza was used as a wedding party venue; a committee has been formed to investigate the incident.


Egyptian-American chemical physicist Mostafa A. El-Sayed elected as Zewail City President

Egyptian-American chemical physicist Mostafa A. El-Sayed was elected to be the president of the Zewail City of Science and Technology to be a successor to the late Nobel Prize laureate Ahmed Zewail, said the city spokesperson Sherif Fouad in a statement on Sunday.

El-Sayed is one of the city’s Board of Trustees and co-founder. He was appointed by U.S. President Obama as a member of the President’s National Medal of Science Committee in 2014; he also is a Regents’ Professor at Georgia Chemistry and Tech Biochemistry college of Sciences.

Zewail City is a non-profit scientific institute and was proposed in 1999, but a Cabinet decree on May 11, 2011 labeled the project a “National Project of Scientific Renaissance” and called it Zewail City of Science and Technology.


96 unregistered migrants arrested at Egypt-Libya border crossing of Sallum

Egyptian security forces have foiled an illegal migration attempt by a total of 96 unregistered migrants along the western border crossing of Sallum before feeling into Libya, Youm7 reported on Monday.

All the migrants are Egyptians except for six Sudanese people. Such arrests happen routinely at Egyptian borders, where security measures were intensified to curb the practice of illegal immigration. Border guards have also seized dozens of attempts to smuggle contraband and drugs.


Egypt, Aga Khan Development Network signs cooperation MoU

Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anani signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Aga Khan Development Network, Youm7 reported on Sunday.

Per the MoU, The ministry provides Egyptian experts trainings in Toronto-based Aga Khan Museum, which is museum of Islamic art, Iranian art and Muslim culture.


Sharm El Sheikh airport receives 1,699 tourists on Monday

The Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport received 22 flights carrying more than 1,699 Egyptian and foreign tourists on Monday as part of promotional initiative to boost domestic tourism.

Meanwhile, a total of 2,096 tourists (Egyptians, Arab, and foreigners) left the Airport after enjoying themselves on the Red Sea’s resort shores.

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