UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Oct. 26: 4 low ranking police officers remained in custody over Ismailia jailbreak
Future Prison at Egypt's Suez Canal governorate of Ismailia. Youm7


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4 low ranking police officers remained in custody over Ismailia jailbreak

Ismailia prosecution on Wednesday ordered the detention of four low ranking police officers for four days pending investigations over a jail break on Friday when six prisoners were able to escape the Ismailia Future Prison, Youm7 reported.

Wednesday’s prosecution order increases the number of policemen detained over the incident to 18 after the same prosecution on Sunday ordered the detention of three police officers and 13 other police conscripts and personnel over their alleged role in the jailbreak that left a police major and a civilian dead.

On Friday, six inmates escaped the Ismailia Future Prison after an exchange of fire with the police, according to a statement issued by the Interior Ministry.

The six fugitives include three terrorist suspects while the three others were detained for criminal charges, including theft and abduction, the statement read, adding that one of the escapees was arrested few hours later.

The jailbreak was followed by a reshuffle among senior police officers in Ismailia.


Sisi vows to form a committee to study release of “wrongfully” detained youth

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has vowed to form a committee of youth to work for the release of a new group of wrongfully detained youth and those “uninvolved in cases of violence.”

The remarks came during Sisi’s participation in the first National Youth Conference, which opened on Tuesday in Sharm el Sheikh under the theme “Innovate  … Advance.”

Sisi said the committee will be formed of youth participated in the conference.

He stressed Egypt’s keenness on supporting youth working in politics based on “good awareness of challenges facing the country,” Sisi said during a debate focused on the need to boost awareness of youth to take part in political life.

In July 2015, Sisi has pardoned dozens of detained youth and non-violent convicts in honor of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.


Decline in temperature, rain in Sinai expected on Thursday: meteorologists

A drop in temperature is expected across Egypt with heavy rain on the Sinai Peninsula, the northern coast and the Red Sea Mountains on Thursday, Ahmed Abdel Aal, head of the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) was quoted by Youm7.

The rain could be heavy and accompanied by thunder and resulting in flooding on Thursday and Friday, Abdel Aal said.

Cairo will see a high of 29 degrees centigrade, while Alexandria will see 25 degrees while it will be warmer in the southern governorates, with highs of 29 degrees in Qena, 32 degrees in Luxor and Aswan.

Visibility will be reduced in the Delta, Cairo and the Suez Canal governorates. Waves on the Red Sea will reach 2-2.5 meters while it will reach 1.5-2 meters on the Mediterranean, he added.


373 Egyptians back from Libya via Sallum: official

A total of 373 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, 298 returned legally, while the remaining 75 have traveled to Libya in illegal ways, Senbary said.

Travel procedures of other 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 of 28°C

Official forecasters expected a moderate weather Wednesday in Cairo accompanied with low rains, Youm7 reported.

Temperature in Cairo will reach highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C.


Egypt to purchase 420K tons of wheat from Russia, Romania

The General Authority for Supply Commodities annoucned signing a contract to purchase 420,000 tons of wheat from Romania and Russia, Youm7 reported.


Egypt’s poultry sufficiency reaches 90%

Egypt’s self-sufficiency of poultry reached 90 percent with extra 850,000 tons each year; the rate exceeds 80 percent for dairy products with extra 5.6 million tons annually, annoucned a report by the Ministry of Agriculture.


Teachers investigated over causing severe injuries to students

A teacher in a Giza school is being investigated over attacking a child causing him severe injury after cutting 10 veins of his hand, Youm7 reported .

The teacher has suspended from work until investigations  authorities decide in her case.

Meanwhile, a techincal school has witnessed another violence incident after a teacher pushed a boy to the floor and put her leg on him, as his mother claims.

It was claimed that she carried out the assault as the student was talking in class. The school suspended the teacher and referred her to investigations .


Renowned Egyptian pianist Ramzi Yassa in Cairo for live concert

The Egyptian Pianist Ramzi Yassa arrived Tuesday in Cairo coming from Paris, as he is scheduled to give a concert on Oct. 29, Youm7 reported.

Yassa’s concert is held for a charity association, and will take place at the Manasterly Palace, an archaeological building in Cairo.

The outstanding pianist launched a concert career in Paris, and was the first Egyptian pianist to win a major piano competition “Paloma O’Shea.”

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