UPDATE: Egypt’s local digest Oct.17: Egypt launches national strategy to prevent, combat illegal migration
An Egyptian mother reacts beside the body of her son who was on a boat carrying migrants which capsized off Egypt's coast, in Al-Beheira, Egypt, September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany


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Egypt launches national strategy to prevent, combat illegal migration

Up to 4,500 Egyptians have illegally migrated to Europe in 2015, Head of the International Organization for Migration IOM Egypt office Amr Taha was quoted by Youm7 Monday.

The remarks come in a press conference held in Cairo to launch Egypt’s National Strategy to Prevent and Combat Illegal Migration.

“Sixty two percent of the Egyptian illegal migrants that Italy receives are minors without their parents or relatives,” said Taha, pointing out that the initiative aims to control the “growing phenomenon” through economic, social and cultural development.

The House of Representatives on Monday approved a draft law submitted by the government that aims to combat illegal immigration.

Egypt has intervened in a number of migration attempts by hundreds of asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa, particularly from Egypt Syria, Iraq and Libya, via the Mediterranean Sea to Italy or Greece as gates for other European countries.


MP Akmal Qortam resigns for “personal reasons”

Chairman of the Conservative Party MP Akmal Qortam announced on Monday his resignation from the House of Representatives for “personal reasons.”

The resignation coincided with Egypt’s parliament second legislative session that kicked off Sunday with elections for heads of the parliament committees.

The parliament 1st deputy speaker Mahmoud al Sherif said he will talk with Qortam and try to let him change his decision.


EgyptAir bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on all flights over fire risk

EgyptAir banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smart phone device on board all its flights as of Sunday, official sources at the Egyptian official carrier said on Sunday.

The move comes in response to international warnings from the US Transport Department on the dangers of the devices for passengers and aircrafts caused by the fire risks posed by the device’s lithium-ion battery, said the source.

Anyone caught trying to bring one onto a flight could have the device confiscated and face a fine, he added.

The decision comes after several other international airlines complied with order by the US Transport Department and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that bans the device on flights.

The order has pushed Samsung to permanently end production of its Galaxy Note 7.


2.3K stray dogs killed in Giza crackdown

A total of 2,344 stray dogs were killed in Giza as part of a crackdown to control disease transmitted through animals, according to Veterinary Medicine Authority.

The authority has also issued permits to slaughter 99,000 birds and immunize 6,000 others after 27 farms were examined as part of anti-avian flu campaign, the head of the authority Ashraf Ismail said.

Ismail added that 27,000 cattle were immunized against the Foot and Mouth Disease.

Thousands of animals are poisoned across Egypt every year using a deadly pesticide called strychnine, the former Deputy Head of the Veterinarian Services Authority Hassan Shafiq told The Cairo Post in a 2015 interview.

The killing mainly occurs through either injection or by poisoned food, as opposed to shooting the animals in the past. The process does not include medical examination to the dog to check whether it is dangerous to the public or carrying a disease, according to interviews with veterinarian experts.


Sky gazers to view Orionid meteor shower in Egypt’s sky Thursday

The Orionid meteor shower will be witnessed Thursday in Egypt’s sky, the head of the Astronomy Department at the Institute for Astronomical Research, Ashraf Tadros said.

In statements to Youm7, Tadros said he expected the rate of fall to be 60 meteors per hour.

The shower reaches its peak on Oct. 20-22. Its normal rate is 20 meteors per hour for the northern hemisphere and 40 meteors in the southern hemisphere, Tadros added.


Boat crew arrested over entering fishing-prohibited zone

Eight people were arrested Sunday on board of a fishing boat over entering a fishing-prohibited zone off Arish coast, Youm7 reported.

The crew has been referred to investigations over the incident.


Expected British delegations to Suez Canal seeking investment opportunities: John Casson

British delegations are planned to visit Suez Canal soon aiming to assist Egypt in developing infrastructure by building new factories, Ambassador to Egypt John Casson told Youm7.

He also said that Britain is among the biggest countries investing in Egypt, recording 46 percent of the current investments.

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