UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Nov. 9: Causeway to 3,800 year old tomb unearthed in Aswan
causeway leading to the 3,800 year old tomb of Sarenput I. Antiquities ministry facebook page.


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Causeway to 3,800 year old tomb unearthed in Aswan

The causeway leading to the 3,800 year old tomb of Sarenput I has been found in a necropolis west of Aswan, the antiquities ministry announced in a statement Wednesday.

The 130 meter long causeway is decorated with scenes representing a group of men pulling a bull and presenting it as an offering to the deceased governor.

The finds were unveiled during excavation work carried out by a team of archaeologists from the University of Birmingham and the Egypt Exploration Society at the Tombs of the Nobles, better known as  Qubbet el-Hawa (The Dome of the Wind) archaeological site located on the west bank of modern Aswan, according to the statement.

The mission also unearthed a collection of clay containers or pots inside a hollow within the causeway, which archaeologists believe were later used for mummification purposes.

Sarenput I was the nomarch (provincial governor) of Aswan’s Elephantine Island during the Middle Kingdom, in addition to holding other posts in service to Pharaoh Senusert I of the 12th Dynasty.


Egypt bans trucks along Suez, Ismailia highways

The Interior Ministry announced Wednesday that trucks won’t be allowed in on the Cairo Ismailia and Cairo Suez highways from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cairo local time, Youm7 reported.

This decision comes a day after four people, including a student was killed after their school bus collided with a truck on the Cairo-Suez road Tuesday morning.

The Ministry said on Wednesday that trucks will not be allowed to use the Suez and Ismailia roads from the Cairo entrance to the Ring Road adding it will install checkpoints to apprehend truck drivers violating the ruling, allowing for legal action against them.

Thousands of Egyptians die on the road every year due to traffic accidents. Egypt recorded 14,548 traffic accidents in 2015, a one percent increase compared to 2014, according to a statement by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS.)

The country is among the 10 states enrolled in a UN program that aims to half the rate of road deaths by 2020. Since 2014, Egypt launched a number of projects and campaigns to monitor road safety, including building new roads, maintaining dilapidated bridges and carrying out random drug tests on drivers.


Pope Tawadros II receives Russian church delegation

Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese on Wednesday has received a delegation from the Russian Church, Youm7 reported.

Headed by deputy of the Patriarch of Moscow and and Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, the visiting delegation visited the Paromeos Monastery at Wadi al Natroun before meeting with the Coptic Pope at Logos Center in the Papal residence.

The clergymen discussed various matters including contemporary social life, pastoral care, education and issues of morality, while also touching on the current events affecting both Egypt and Russia.


Antiquities min. takes part in UNESCO forum on museums in China

Antiquities Minister Khaled el Anany headed to China Wednesday to participate in the UNESCO High Level Forum on Museums, currently held in Shenzhen, China.

Many directors of the world’s museums will meet in the forum to discuss new museum sector trends and public policies, the protection of cultural property and collections, the ethical and technological standards for museums, and how better to engage and benefit communities, the antiquities ministry said in a statement Wednesday.

The forum will run till Nov. 12 in Zhi Zeng Art Museum in Shenzhen.


Army says it killed 6 militants in N. Sinai

Egypt’s Armed Forces have killed 6 militants and arrested several suspects in a armed clashes in Northern Sinai Wednesday, Youm7 reported.

“The law enforcement forces attacked the militant hideouts in North Sinai’s cities of Arish, Rafah and Sheikh Zuwayed,” army spokesperson Mohamed Samir said in a statement.

Two bombs planted by suspected militants south of Arish detonated without reported casualties, he added.

Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.

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