UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Oct. 23: 60 Zamalek fans arrested for holding fake tickets
Zamalek fans during a match in the Egyptian Premier League.


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60 Zamalek fans arrested for holding fake tickets

A total of 60 Zamalek fans were arrested on Sunday for holding forged tickets of a football match between their team and South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF Champions League final, Youm7 reported.

The fans were escorted to Alexandria’s Borg al Arab police stations, security source said.

Security forces have reinforced its presence in the vicinity of the Alexandria’s Borg El Arab Stadium ahead of the encounter, scheduled to kick off Sunday at 08:30 p.m. Cairo local time.

The white knights lost 0-3 in the first leg played in South Africa last week.

Zamalek head coach Mo’men Soliman said that he is confident his players will “achieve the miracle” in Alexandria.


Supply police seize 28,000 fuel liters, 13 tons of wheat seized before being sold on black market

A total of 28,000 liters of diesel and 13 tons of wheat were seized nationwide by the Supply Police in past 24 hours, Assistant Interior Minister Khaled Abdel Aal was quoted by Youm7 Saturday.

The seized amounts, planned to be sold in black markets, will be sold to public in market price in accordance with directives of Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, said Abdel Aal.

“Supply police launched several campaigns across the country in order to control prices and ease the burden on citizens,” he added.

During the past few weeks, a shortage and hike in prices of basic commodities, including sugar and rice have been noticed in local markets in several governorates across the country sparking anger amongst shoppers.


Egypt hosts Dutch media delegation in a bid to revive tourism

A Dutch media delegation arrived in Cairo International Airport to promote Egypt’s tourism industry, which has been struggling following the 2011 uprising, state news agency MENA reported.

C comprising 12 writers and reporters working in the main newspapers in the Netherlands as well as a number of archaeologists, the delegation is expected to visit Luxor on Sunday.

The two-day visit is arranged by the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Authority as part of the Tourism Ministry plan to attract more tourists to Egypt.

Egypt’s tourism sector, which represents 11 percent of the country’s GDP, has been suffering from ongoing shocks ever since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

“Egypt was expected to receive 17 million tourists in 2015 but the number declined by approximately 47 percent due to terrorist attacks and consequent travel advice issued by several European countries,” Chairman of Egypt Tourism Authority (ETA) Sami Mahmoud announced earlier this year.


168 Egyptians back from Libya via Sallum: official

A total of 168 Egyptian nationals have returned home from Libya via Sallum border crossing over the past 24 hours, according to a statement by Marsa Matrouh Security chief Mokhtar el Senbary.

Out of returnees, 143 returned legally, while the remaining 35 have traveled to Libya in illegal ways, Senbary said.

Travel procedures of 682 people, including 269 Egyptians and 413 Libyans, have been finalized, he added.

For decades Libya has been a major destination for Egyptian migrant workers due to its once booming oil economy and open borders.

Since the mass murder of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians by the Islamic State (IS) group in Libya on Feb. 16, Egypt has tightened security measures along its western borders with Libya, which has witnessed a security lapse and political turmoil since the 2011 uprising.


Cairo sees moderate weather Sunday

Official forecasters expected a moderate weather to prevail Sunday in Cairo, with the temperature reaching highs of 29 and lows of 19.


120K Egyptians develop heart diseases annually: cardiologist

Cardiologist Ahmed el-Gendy, who works at Magdi Yaqoub Foundation, said that approximately 120 to 130 thousand Egyptians develop heart disease annually, Youm7 reported.

He said that some 20 to 25 thousand children are born with heart disease every year, in statements to Youm7.


4 houses collapse in Asyut; no casualties reported

Four old houses and a carpentry workshop collapsed early Sunday morning in Gharb district in Asyut, leaving no casualties, Youm7 reported.

Building collapses have often occurred in Egypt, with reasons commonly attributed to construction violations and illegal extensions.

Poor construction and lack of maintenance have also reportedly caused several collapses over the past months, especially in Upper Egypt’s impoverished villages where buildings are usually made of mud bricks and roofed by palm fronds.


Hotel occupation in Luxor exceeds 30%: tourist expert

Hotel occupation in Upper Egypt’s Luxor city exceeded 30 percent, Tourist expert Mohamed Othman said, as he expects this season to see high turnout after new tourist markets were opened.

Othman said that such markets include Australia, Latin American countries and Scandinavian states.


Gov’t fights school drop out by national plan

Ministry of Solidarity announced launching Sunday a national plan to combat educational dropout, Youm7 reported.

In order to do so, the ministry will put students’ attendance as a condition for families’ benefiting of “Takafol and Karama” project that pays pensions to impoverished citizens.

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