UPDATE: Egypt’s local digest on Oct. 9: Egypt clinches 2-1 victory against Congo at Africa’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers opener
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Egypt clinches 2-1 victory against Congo at Africa’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers opener

Egypt began their group campaign in Africa’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers with a 2-1 victory away to Congo Brazzaville on Sunday, Youm7 reported.

Sunday’s win puts Egypt; a seven-time Africa Cup of Nations champions on top of Group E, following Ghana’s 0-0 draw at home to Uganda on Friday.

Congo’s Ferbory Dore scored on the 23rd minute of the first half before AS Roma’s left winger Mohamed Salah equalized four minutes before the half time to make it 1-1.

On 58 minutes, Salah turned goal-maker, setting up Al Ahly’s Abdallah El-Said who scored to make it 2-1 to Egypt.The game was played at Stade Municipal de Kintélé.


15 illegal migration brokers arrested nationwide

Egypt’s Interior Ministry announced the arrest of at least 15 illegal migration brokers in Alexandria, Behira and Kafr el Sheikh governorates, Youm7 reported Sunday.

The arrest comes as part of ministry’s crackdown following the migrant boat capsized last month with over 600 people onboard.

Based on information learned from a confidential informant, security forces at the Mediterranean city of Alexandria raided an apartment and arrested four brokers in possession of large amounts of cash money and photocopies of passports of new illegal migrants, the interior ministry said in a statement.

They have admitted to collect money from Egyptians and nationals from other African countries to facilitate their trip through the Mediterranean to Europe. They have also confessed to have contacted owners of unlicensed and outdated boats to be used in the trip, the statement added.

Two other brokers were arrested in Delta governorate of Kafr al Sheikh governorate, according to the statement.

On Sunday, Egypt’s Armed Forces spokesperson Mohamed Samir announced the army has foiled an attempt by 310 people of different nationalities to cross to neighboring Libya through the western gate of Sallum.


Trial of 42 of Ajnad Misr jihadist group adjourned to Nov. 7

The Giza Criminal Court on Sunday set Nov.7 to resume the trial of 42 members of Ajnad Misr jihadist group over charges of committing terror acts, Youm7 reported.

The defendants face charges of targeting police and Armed Forces, as well as state institutions and public property.

The group was declared a terrorist organization in 2014. During the past few years, the group has claimed responsibility for several bombings and attacks on security forces, on top of which is the bombing that killed a senior police officer and the injury of five police personnel outside Cairo University in April 2014.

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.


Bahrain King to own lands in Sharm el-Sheikh: presidential decree

A presidential decree stated that Bahraini King Hamad Bin Isa al Khalifa will own three villas and lands in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh for residency, Youm7 quoted the official gazette.


MP annoucned dead after fatal crash enroute Parliament ceremony

Member of Parliament Amira Refaat was annoucned dead in a car accident on her way to attend a celebration marking the parliament’s 150 year anniversary, Youm7 reported.

The deceased MP was traveling by her car to Sharm el-Sheikh, where the ceremony is to be held, escorting her children.

Another MP Samer el-Tallawy witnessed the accident as he was taking the same route as Refaat. He suggested the accident took place due to tyre explosion causing the car to flip over.

Refaat was taken to Tour Hospital, 30 km away from the crash site, where her death was confirmed. Her 6yr-son was transferred to Sharm el-Sheikh Hospital in serious condition, where he will stay with his 12yr-sister until recovery.

Thousands of Egyptians are losing their lives on the road every year that figures appeared to be rising despite group of road boosting projects are taking place.

Experts have repeatedly blamed fatal crashes on lack of road safety measures; however, official reports maintain citing human error as the main cause.


Minister vows to impose fine on farmers who burn leftovers

Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy said that it provided farmers with needed tools for collecting rice straw in a bid to prevent “black clouds’ caused by burning agricultural left over.

Pressers and grinders were delivered to farmers across governorates ahead of the crop harvest. This time of the year usuallt sees intensive efforts by the government to encourage farmers to collect, press and submit their leftovers to be converted to fertilizers instead of getting rid of it by burning.

Minister Fahmy addressed farmers to “care for their children’s and village’s health,” and not to burn ashes, vowing to impose the fine punishment on violators.

The annual phenomnon of “Black clouds” has been recured in Egypt for years, leaving dark, thick dusty clouds blanketing skies for weeks. Besides environmental effects, warnings for citizens with athma to stay at home also surface as the phenomenon is said to be harmful on respiratory systems.


EgyptAir flights to Athena resume after employee strike ended

EgyptAir flights to Athena Airport to resume starting on Sunday after air traffic controllers ended their strike, Youm7 reported.

The company has urged travellers heading to Athena to review their bookings via telephone 1717, landline:09007000, or website: Egyptair.com


Cairo to see high temperature of 34°C Sunday

Official weather forecasters expected rise in temperature Sunday, where Cairo will see highs of 34 °C and lows of 21 °C.

Also, Alexandria will record highs of 31 °C and Sharm el-Sheikh will see highs of 33 °C.

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