Egypt’s local news digest Oct. 4: Head of Muslim Brotherhood’s “armed wing” killed in shootout: Interior Ministry
Mohamed Kamal el Din; a Muslim Brotherhood member reportedly killed by Egyptian security forces. Youm7
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Head of Muslim Brotherhood’s “armed wing” killed in shootout: Interior Ministry

A senior Muslim Brotherhood leader was shot dead in a fire exchange with security forces, the Interior Ministry announced in a statement Tuesday.

Mohamed Kamal el Din, 61, head of the group’s “armed wing” along with Yasser Shehata, another leader, were killed after security forces raided an apartment in Cairo’s southern district of Basateen, according to the statement.

Kamal el Din had been sentenced to life in prison in absentia on two cases, it added.

Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.

 

16,000 killed, 60,000 injured in Egypt road accidents in 2016: official

A total of 16,000 people were killed and 60,000 others injured in road accidents in Egypt during the first 9 months of 2016, Samy Mokhtar, head of the Egyptian Association for the Care of Road Accident Victims and their families said on Monday.

In a phone call with CBC satellite channel, Mokhtar called for making tough legislations to address the disaster and guarantee the rights of the victim’s families.

Mokhtar praised the new amendments approved by President Abdel Fatah al Sisi on traffic law in November last year and asserted that the new amendments “should have included tougher punishment for driving without license.”

According to a 2015 report issued by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS,) 14,500, road accidents took place in Egypt in 2015 causing 6,203 fatalities, 15,847 severe injuries and 3,479 light injuries.

 

EgyptAir’s London-Luxor flight arrives after one-year hiatus

The First EgyptAir flight from London arrived at Luxor International Airport on Tuesday morning after a one-year suspension, an airport official said.

Officials from the Egyptian promotion authority have received the 145 tourists on board with flowers before they were escorted to their hotels, Luxor airport media office official Taha Bakhet told Youm7.

The plane; a Boeing 737, toke off from Luxor Airport on Monday at 10:00 a.m., EgyptAir Holding Company Chairman Safwat Musallam said.

Direct flights between Egyptian destinations and many European countries have been suspended following the crash of the Russian passenger plane that killed 224 people late October.

Several inspection teams from Europe and Russia had visited Egyptian airports to review security measures ahead of flight resumption decision.

Last week, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said that the number of tourists visiting Egypt during the first half of 2016 fell to 2.3 million, down from 4.8 million tourists during the same period of 2015.

 

Health minister to announce HCV national survey covers 10m people

Health Minister Ahmed Emad el Din on Tuesday will launch a national demographic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) survey to be carried out on 10 million Egyptians, Youm7 reported.

The survey, which marks the health ministry’s celebrations of the Egyptian Hepatitis Day, will be carried out on six categories of the Egyptian people including university students, prisoners and medical crews.

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi, officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) will be present during the celebration.

Egypt hosted the World Hepatitis Day 2015 as the country has demonstrated a high level of commitment by tackling hepatitis comprehensively in their plan of action for prevention, care and treatment 2014–2018, the WHO said in a statement last year.

Egypt has the highest prevalence of HCV in the world, with approximately 22 percent of Egyptian blood donors testing positive for the deadly disease, according to a 2015 survey published by the WHO.

 

10 Brotherhood members detained for 15 days pending probe over violence charges

The west Tanta prosecution decided on Monday ordered the detention of ten people, allegedly belong to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, for 15 days pending investigations over violence related charges, Youm7 reported.

The ten defendants face numerous charges including inciting violence, rioting and joining a banned group that aims to disrupt the Egyptian constitutions.

The incidents took place in Egypt’s Gharbia governorate following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

 

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