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Type 209/1400 submarine. Youm7.


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Egypt to receive Type-209 submarine from Germany early 2017: navy commander

Egypt will receive a German-built submarine in early 2017, the commander of Egypt’s naval forces, Rear Admiral Osama Rabie said on Friday.

Built by the German ThyseenKrupp Marine System (TKMS,) the Type 209/1400 submarine is “Egypt’s first Type-209/1400 submarine with the latest technology installed for this type of vessel to join the Egyptian Navy,” Rabie said in a press conference marking the Navy Day of Egypt.

In 2014, Egypt had signed the deal with Berlin to buy two German-made Type-209 submarines, while in December 2015, Rabie visited Germany to attend the inauguration of the submarine, according to the Egyptian Armed Forces spokesperson.

Egyptian Navy officers are currently in Germany to receive training on using the submarine, he added.

During the past two years, Egypt has signed several armament deals with France, Russia and Germany in a bid to raising the efficiency of Egypt’s army amid rising militancy in Sinai Peninsula.

Earlier this month, Egypt received its second French Mistral helicopter carrier from France.


Egypt working to halt sale of ancient artifacts by Toledo Museum

Egypt has addressed the UNESCO to halt the sale of ancient Egyptian artifacts in auctions held by the US Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, the antiquities ministry announced in a statement Friday.

“All legal and diplomatic measures have been taken shortly after the museum announced plans to sell the artifacts in order to benefit its acquisitions fund,” said the Antiquities Ministry’s Restored Artifacts Department head Shaaban Abdel Gawad.

The Toledo Museum of Art announced its plan to hold an auction Oct.19-26 to sell a selection of 24 pieces from ancient Greece, Rome, the Near East, and Egypt with highlights including a Cypriot limestone head of a male votary and an Egyptian bronze cat.

The second auction will be held Oct.21-24 and will be an online auction through Christie’s, offering an additional 40 pieces.

The ministry contacted the UNESCO director, the International Committee of Museums (ICOM,” and the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, “to cooperate with the Egyptian embassy in the United States to take all the procedures to withdraw the Egyptian artifacts, stop their sale and return them back to Egypt,” according to Abdel Gawad.

Egypt’s ancient sites have been targeted for thousands of years but the upheavals and the security lapse following the 2011 revolution have helped looters and tomb robbers target museums and several archaeological sites for treasures to sell on the black market.

During the past seven months, Egypt has recovered more than 1,200 artifacts and is currently working on other cases in many European countries, he added.

In July 2014 the Northampton Borough Council (NBC) sold the statue of the Egyptian royal scribe Sekhemka, by auction at Christie’s in London to help fund an extension to the town’s museum. The statue was sold to an anonymous buyer for £15.76 million ($20 million.)

The motion infuriated a wide range of people inside and outside Northampton and caused outrage among historians and Egyptologists. It also raised a number of ethical and legal questions arising from the sale of the statue.


Egypt’s ambassador in London urges UK government to lift Sharm al Sheikh flight ban

Egypt’s Ambassador in London Naser Kamel met Thursday with members the Egyptian-British Parliamentary Friendship Association to discuss ways to lift a travel ban imposed by the UK government to Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm al Sheikh, Youm7 reported.

Attended by several British tour operators, the meeting was held to review a working plan agreed by both sides to improve security standards at Egypt’s airports and provide better technical services for arrivals.

Kamel called on the British government to lift travel ban to Sharm al Sheikh “after positive feedback given by the UK’s security teams.”

The meeting comes a few months after a delegation from the British House of Commons visited Sharm el-Sheikh to support tourism in Egypt and stress the return of stability and security, Youm7 reported Friday.

Sir Gerald Howarth, head of the House of Commons delegation and chairman of the Egyptian-British Parliamentary Friendship Association, has confirmed that the visit is important to Egypt and the United Kingdom due to deep relations between the two countries and the large size of trade between them.

The British Government should lift the ban on travel to the popular Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh as a crumbling tourism industry in the region could leave it “vulnerable to radicalization,” Howarth told Telegraph Travel.

Egypt has been requesting that British and Russian flights resume after bans imposed against the backdrop of the terrorist claimed attack on a Russian jet, which crashed over the Sinai Peninsula in October 2015, killing more than 200 people.


19 terrorists killed in army airstrikes in N. Sinai

The Egyptian army announced killing 19 terrorists and injuring dozens in an airstrike launched at strongholds of takfiri militants in South Sheikh Zuwayed, east and south of Arish and Rafah cities, in North Sinai.

A security source told Youm7 that the military launched air bombardment destroying hotbeds, weapons stores and cars.


Ex-minister got unprecedented discount for hotel residence: probe

Former Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafy has received unprecedented discount during his residence at Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel, judicial sources quoted illicit gain investigations.

Hanafy resigned from his position amid a wide probe into subsidized wheat corruption case; he was also slammed for staying at expensive hotel at a time the government was urging citizens to austerity amid dollar crisis.


No real prison inspection due to ‘prepared visits’: NCHR member

Member of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) Hafez Abu Saeda said that the lack of “surprising visits” to prisons makes them a “witness who did not witness anything,” in statements to Youm7.

Each time the NCHR pay a visit to prisons to investigate complaints of mistreatment or lack of services, it should submit a prior request to the Interior Ministry that decides the date of the visit.

Saeda explained that these visits aim to investigate complaints the NCHR receives from families of inmates or their lawyers, “and when visits are prepares by prisons’ authorities, this means there will not be investigations.”

“There are no surprise visits,” he said, adding that there are certain regulations to request such visits that we cannot violate. The NCHR is the only rights body allowed to inspect prisons in Egypt.

Independent visits to prisons by non-governmental bodies are not allowed in Egypt, as the country is not a signatory of a UN convention that stipulates such visits.


Conservative party announces training program ahead of local elections

Conservative Party in Egypt announced it will start a training program during the next week ahead of local council elections that is scheduled to take place in early 2017, Youm7 reported.

A group of specialists and consultants will lecture attendants about local administration law, elections and how to deal with the media, Ahmed Henteesh, Spokesperson for the party told Youm7.


Civil Association draft law to pass to parliament soon: MP

Member of Parliament Samy Ramadan said that the parliament will soon receive the Civil Associations draft law after it was agreed upon by the government.

MP Ramadan added that this law is important as it will put adjustments to NGOs foreign funding issue.

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