UPDATE: Egypt’s local digest Oct. 30: Sharm al Sheikh receives Jetairfly flight from Belgium after a year hiatus
Tourists arrives Sharm al Sheikh International Airport aboard Jetairfly airlines Sunday Oct. 30. Photo courtesy of Friends of Egypt facebook page.


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Sharm al Sheikh receives Jetairfly flight from Belgium after a year hiatus

Sharm al Sheikh International Airport on Sunday received Jetairfly flight from Belgium following a one-year suspension, Youm7 reported.

The resumption comes after Belgium authorities in May lifted travel ban to and from Sharm al Sheikh that was imposed after a Russian plane crashed over Sinai in October last year killing all 224 passengers on board.

Sunday’s flight is one of two Jetairfly is set to operate to Sharm al Sheikh every week during the winter season. It landed at Sharm al Sheikh International Airport at 01:55 p.m. Cairo local time with 179 tourists on board.

The decision “reflects the Belgian government’s trust in all security procedures taken by the Egyptian authorities to secure all tourist outlets and Egyptian airports.” Tourism Minister Yehia Rashid was quoted by Al Ahram last week.

The number of tourists visiting Egypt has witnessed a sharp decline following the crash of a Russian airliner over Sinai in late October. Germany, Italy, Russia, France, and the U.K. are among the states that decided to halt flights to and from Egyptian airports shortly after the crash.

The industry took a further dive following the murder of Italian Cambridge University graduate, Giulio Regeni, whose body was dumped along a highway with signs of torture in Egypt’s Giza governorate in early February.

The sector, which is the nation’s second highest source of national income after the Suez Canal, provides direct and indirect employment to up to 12.6 percent of the country’s workforce.


4 army men killed in clashes with militants in N. Sinai: military spokesperson

Four army men have been killed in clashes with militants in Egypt’s restive Sinai, the military spokesperson Mohamed Samir announced in a statement Sunday.

The clashes broke out when troops carried out security raids in North Sinai cities of Arish, Sheikh Zuwayed and Rafah, Samir said.

Six Takfiris were killed and a number of wanted criminals and terrorist suspects were arrested by army forces as part of the comprehensive “Operation Martyr’s Right” that was launched in N. Sinai in September 2015, he added.

The operation directed by the army, and in coordination with the National Police, aims to root out Sinai-based extremists and militants that have mounted a series of attacks that killed hundreds of soldiers since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

The army forces defused 12 improvised explosive devices and destroyed three hideouts, an unlicensed motorbike, two loaders, a driller and 32 weapon stores, according to Samir.


Police arrest 5 suspects in Gisr el Suez bomb blast

Security forces arrested five people allegedly involved in the Friday bomb explosion that killed a civilian in Cairo’s district of Gesr al Suez, the interior ministry announced in a statement Sunday.

According to the statement, the suspects confessed to have planted the improvised explosive device in the path of a security outpost but failed and claimed the life of a civilian passerby and injuring another.

The statement added that the attackers were plotting “other attacks targeting army and police personnel.”

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.


Anti-addiction campaign kicks off at schools this academic year

Ministries of Solidarity and Education have coordinated to launch a campaign to lecture students at school about dangers of drugs, Youm7 reported.

The campaign is set to begin this academic year; it aims raise students awareness by sending prevention methods of addiction.

Two years ago, a governmental anti-drug tests kicked off to school bus drivers, where dozens were detected as positive to drug abuse.


Alexandria to install 433 sewers to prevent 2015’s flooding crisis

Alexandria governorate is preparing for the winter by plans to install 433 sewers across the Mediterranean city in a bid to prevent similar flooding crisis as last year, Youm7 reported.

The total cost of the sewers is 2.5 million EGP, according to Reda Farahat, Alexandria governor.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has ordered the government to raise efficiency of sewage networks in Alexandria, after streets pounded by rain water sweeping into homes and resulting in casualties in 2015 .


3 passengers busted at Cairo Airport over smuggling medicines claim

Three passengers were busted at Cairo Airport over allegedly attempting to smuggle huge amounts of medicines, Youm7 reported.

The customs department have stopped the passengers who were back from UAE and seized the medicines.


Cairo sees highs of 28°C Sunday

Forecasters expected a moderate weather Sunday in governorates lying from north Egypt to Upper Egypt, Youm7 reported.

Cairo temperature will record highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C on Sunday.

Some governorates were hit by unstable weather and heavy rains mounted to floods, causing 19 deaths and dozens of people injured.


Death toll due to floods-related incidents rises to 19: Ministry

Ministry of Health annoucned that the death toll in floods-related accidents reached 19 thus far, Youm7 reported.

A total of 72 people were injured as a result of the heavy rains that hit different governorates during the past two days; injuries were reportedly slight mostly bruises.

The ministry also annoucned building temporary shelters and tents for citizens whose homes were damaged by the rains.

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