UPDATE: Egypt’s local digest on Oct. 6: French-Egyptian citizen hands over ancient golden mask received as birthday gift
The golden mask handed over to the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry.


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French-Egyptian citizen hands over ancient golden mask received as birthday gift

Shehab al-Farouk Omar; an Egyptian-French citizen has handed over to the antiquities ministry an ancient Egyptian golden mask that was gifted to his son in his birthday party, the antiquities ministry announced in a statement Thursday.

The mask is now at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo in order to be examined by a committee from the antiquities ministry to prove its authenticity and determine the historic era it dates back from, said Shaaban Abdel Gawad, Supervisor General of the Antiquities Repatriation Department.

Abdel Gawad described the move as “a symbol of patriotism and good will of an Egyptian person.”

Last year, a German couple who brought a 3,300 year-old painted limestone relief from a British private collection in 1986, agreed voluntarily to donate it back to Egypt, as when they purchased it, they did not know it was a stolen and illegally smuggled artifact.


Int’l cooperation minister, JICA deputy head discuss resuming construction of Grand Egyptian Museum

International Cooperation Minister Sahr Nasr met with Deputy Director General of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Kenichi Shishido on Thursday and discussed future plans to resume the construction of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM,) Youm7 reported.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 2016 annual meetings of the boards of governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) group, currently held in Washington, D.C.

During the meeting, Nasr and expressed the Egyptian government’s plan to inaugurate the first phase of the GEM in 2017.

Built over 120 acres of land, GEM is located 2 km southwest of the Giza Pyramids and was scheduled to be inaugurated in August 2015, but due to funding issues it has been delayed until August 2018.

The construction of the three-phase project, which includes the construction of the museum’s main building and implementation of the master plan, landscape parks and surrounding site infrastructure, began in March 2012.


Civil protection forces control gas leak in Cairo’s Heliopolis

Civil protection forces on Thursday have controlled a gas leak from the main pipeline in Cairo’s upscale district Heliopolis, Youm7 reported.

The forces managed to repair the main control valve of the pipeline after it was broken early Thursday morning.

The leak was reported in El Hegaz Street where major construction works of Cairo underground are under way. Roads were reportedly closed in the vicinity of the leak area but it was opened in the afternoon after the pipeline was fixed.

No casualties or damages have been reported.


Ancient Egyptian artifacts stolen from country house in East Lothian

A collection of Egyptian artifacts have been stolen from a private country house in East Lothian.

According to East Louthian Courier, the collection includes high value daggers, spears and arrows that worth more than £4000 and were taken from a rare collection at Biel House in Stenton near Dunbar.

The 18th century house was raided at some time between 4pm on Tuesday and 9am on Wednesday.

The house includes a 14th century tower

Biel is an 18th century mansion incorporating a 14th century tower house. The house was remodeled in Gothic style in the 19th century and is surrounded by terraced gardens.


25 people charged with sectarian violence in Minya

Attorney General Nabil Sadek referred a total of 25 people charged with inciting and committing sectarian violence in Minya to a criminal court on Wednesday, Youm7 reported.

On May 20, a group of 300 armed Muslims arrived at Coptic Ashraf Abdo Atiya’s house and set fire to eight houses and dragged Atia’s mother outside, beat her and stripped her naked in the street when they did not find Atiya in his home, said Coptic Bishop Marcus in a statement May 26.

The attack happened after a divorced Muslim man incited violence against Atiya and his family, claiming that Atiya is in a relationship with his Muslim ex-wife in the al-Karam village of Minya. Since then, 16 out of 23 suspects have been arrested.


Egypt’s Minister of Agriculture heads to Moscow for cooperation

Egypt’s Minister of Agriculture Essam el Fayed headed to Russia’s Moscow on Thursday to hold cooperation discussions, Youm7 reported.

Fayed is scheduled to meet with the Russian agricultural Minister, the president of the Russian Grain Union, the head of the Russian Federal Service for Quarantine and Veterinarian, the head of the Union of Russian Retailers, and President of the Russian- Egyptian business council.

The visit comes after Russia lifted a temporary ban on imports of Egyptian crops after Cairo committed to take all necessary measures to guarantee the safety of the products exported to Moscow.

Russia temporarily suspended fruit and vegetable imports from Egypt from Sept. 22 after Cairo rejected a Russian wheat shipment.


Environment Ministry dumps 178 tons of garbage in Alexandria

A total of 178 tons of garbage has been removed from Alexandria streets, in light of the Ministry of Environmental five-month campaign, which has been launched since Sept. 4, Youm7 reported head of the Waste Management Department Fatma Mohsen on Thursday.

According to the Central Agency for Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) in November 2015, Egypt’s total amount of household waste that has been disposed in 2014 reached 12.1 million tons (44,000 million cubic meters.)


Egypt deports 34 unregistered African immigrants back homes

Egyptian authorities have deported a total of 34 unregistered immigrants from different African countries back home on Thursday, Youm7 reported an official at the Cairo International Airport.

The immigrants, who are from Ethiopia, Sudan, and Eritrea, have been arrested in Mediterranean cities of Ismailia, Alexandria, and Marsa Matrouh.

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.


Mild weather prevail over Egypt’s northern cities on Friday

Egyptian meteorologists expected that mild weather will prevail on Friday on the northern cities, while it turns hotter over Cairo and Upper Egypt, Youm7 reported on Thursday.

Low clouds appear in skies of the coastal cities and the western winds will be active in Suez Gulf, the experts added.

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