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At least one killed in a Cairo blast, no claim of responsibility
(Reuters)-An explosive device detonated along a main road in Cairo on Friday as security forces passed by, killing at least one civilian passerby and injuring another, the interior ministry said on Facebook.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Egypt faces an Islamist insurgency led by Islamic State’s branch in North Sinai, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed. There have also been attacks in Cairo and other cities.
Last week, Brigadier General Adel Rajaaie, an armoured division commander who had served in northern Sinai, was shot dead in front of his home on the outskirts of Cairo.
A newly-emerged militant group calling itself Louwaa el Thawra, or the Revolution Brigade, claimed responsibility for the attack on Twitter account that was suspended shortly after the claim.
Judges and other senior officials have increasingly been targeted by radical Islamists angered by hefty prison sentences imposed on members of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
The Brotherhood, which says it is a peaceful organisation, and its candidate Mohamed Mursi won Egypt’s first free elections after the 2011 uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.
Since Mursi was deposed in 2013 after mass protests against his rule, former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has overseen a crackdown in which hundreds of Brotherhood supporters have been killed and thousands jailed or sentenced to death.
Another new militant group called the Hasm (“decisiveness”) Movement has claimed responsibility for five attacks since July, including an assassination attempt on Zakaria Abdel Aziza, a senior Egyptian prosecutor.
Egypt condemns Houthi missile attack into Mecca
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has condemned the ballistic missile attack launched by Houthis rebels in Yemen on the holy city Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
“This is a dangerous development, an unacceptable precedent and a disregard for the sanctity of Islamic holy places that cannot be tolerated,” foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement Friday.
The statement also emphasized the Egypt’s “solidarity with Saudi Arabia towards this blatant aggression,” adding that it also supports the legitimate government in Yemen, and the efforts exerted by the United Nations to reach a comprehensive, peaceful settlement for crisis of Yemen.
Saudi Arabia has destroyed a Scud missile launched from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen towards Islam’s holiest city of Mecca 65 kilometers from the target site, Major General Ahmed Asiri, a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition was quoted by Youm7 on Thursday.
Presidency to form committees to implement Sisi’s decisions at youth conference
The Egyptian presidency announced it will start forming committees to implement decisions taken by President Abdel Fatah al Sisi at the conclusion of the first national youth conference in Sharm El Sheikh as of Sunday, Youm7 reported.
Action groups, comprising of representatives from the government, executive bodies, parliament and public figures, will be formed under the auspice of the presidency to follow up the implementation of Sisi’s decision, the presidential media office said in a statement Friday.
Speaking at a youth conference in Sharm el-Sheikh on Thursday, Sisi promised to consider amendments presented by human rights groups to the controversial protest law.
The president also hinted at possible pardons for young people imprisoned without conviction.
Egypt’s Sisi pledges reviews of protest law, detentions
(Reuters) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi promised on Thursday to amend a law that human rights groups say has severely restricted protest rights and hinted at possible pardons for young people imprisoned without conviction.
Speaking at a youth conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, the former general said a committee would review the cases of young people held in pretrial detention and present its findings in two weeks so the presidency could take appropriate action.
Sisi does not have the authority to interfere in the judicial process in Egypt but is able to issue pardons. He said the government would consider suggested amendments to the protest law presented at the conference.
“The government, in coordination with the relevant state parties, will study the suggestions and proposals to amend the protest law … and include them in the set of proposed legislation to be presented to parliament during the current session,” he told the conference.
Since seizing power in mid-2013 and ending a divisive experiment in Muslim Brotherhood rule, Sisi has presided over a fierce crackdown on his Islamist opponents that has seen hundreds killed and many thousands jailed.
Egypt Ambassador to Sana’s, Yemen PM discuss conditions of Yemenis in Egypt
Egypt’s Ambassador to Yemen Youssef el Sharqawi met with Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr and discussed ways to provide support for Yemeni nationals living in Cairo, state news agency MENA reported Friday.
Nearly 5,000 Yemenis stranded in Egypt as they were here when war broke out at home in 2015 are still unable to return to their families, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR.)
During the meeting, the two officials reviewed ways to facilitate the entry of Yemenis to Egypt.
Egypt has changed its visa policies allowing Yemeni nationals above 45 or below 18 to enter without a visa.
Bin Daghr praised Egypt’s support for the Yemeni people and its honorable backing for the constitutional legitimacy in Yemen.
During his meeting with Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi in New York, President Abdel Fatah al Sisi asserted Egypt’s support to Yemen and its legitimate government.