UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Nov. 13: Egypt to open Rafah border crossing 5 days in both directions
Palestinians hold onto a fence as they wait for relatives to return to Gaza after Egyptian authorities opened the the Rafah border crossing on Saturday for two days for humanitarian cases, in the southern Gaza Strip September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

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Egypt to open Rafah border crossing 5 days in both directions

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi on Sunday has ordered the Rafah border crossing between Egypt’s North Sinai and the Palestinian Gaza Strip to be opened Nov. 14-18 in both directions, Youm7 reported.

The border crossing will primarily be opened to allow for the passage of stranded individuals and facilitate humanitarian aid.

It will be opened for the passage of stranded Palestinian students on Nov.17-18.

The crossing was partially opened Sunday to allow the passage of a 120-member Palestinian business delegation into Egypt in order to take part in an economic conference currently held at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Ain Sokhna.

Egypt, which also shares border with Gaza, has been imposing restrictions on opening the crossing with Gaza after the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.


 MP to be investigated over leaking NGO bill to foreign embassies

The general committee at Egypt’s House of Representatives referred MP Mohamed Anwar el Sadatto investigations before a parliament panel over accusations of leaking the government-drafted NGO law to a number of foreign embassies in Cairo.

The move came after Social Solidarity Minister Ghada Wali filed the complaint against El-Sadat to parliament speaker Ali Abdel-Al on Saturday accusing him of “exploiting his position” to leak the NGO draft law to a number of foreign embassies during the first legislative season (January-September 2016.)

If found guilty, Sadat will be referred to the ethics committee. The lawmaker has resigned as chairman of the committee in August.


Court upholds top prosecutor’s decision to seize assets of 27 people involved in wheat fraud

The Cairo Criminal Court on Sunday upheld a decision issued by Attorney General Nabil Sadek against 26 people involved in local wheat procurement corruption, Youm7 reported.

In August, Sadek ordered travel bans and asset freeze on 27 people, their spouses, sons and daughters over accusations of facilitating seizure of public funds, illicit profiteering and forgery. Most of the defendants are private silos owners.

They are suspected of claiming higher quantities of wheat than they are actually storing in order to boost government payments on highly subsidized local wheat.

In June, the parliament has formed a fact finding committee to probe into the case after an unusually high procurement figure prompted widespread fraud allegations from senior industry officials, traders and lawmakers.


Court adjourns appeal on annulment of Red Sea islands deal ruling to Dec. 4

The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters adjourned looking into an appeal presented by two lawyers to halt the State Council’s decision to cancel the maritime demarcation agreement of Tiran and Sanafir islands, to Dec. 4, Youm7 reported.

The appeals were filed by lawyers Ashraf Farahat and Malek Adly against the State Council’s decision that cancelled the Egyptian-Saudi maritime demarcation deal and stated that the islands, strategically situated at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba, must remain under Egyptian sovereignty.

A day later, the State Lawsuits Authority, representing the government, has appealed the agreement-quashing ruling.

The State Council’s Administrative Court rejected on Tuesday the Egyptian government’s motion to appeal a previous ruling that annulled a maritime demarcation deal that transfers the sovereignty of Tiran and Sanafir islands from Egypt to Saudi Arabia.

The accord was announced during a visit to Cairo by the Saudi king that coincided with the signing of aid agreements, which created the impression among many that the islands were sold. However, Egyptian authorities denied this.


Egypt condemns IS attack in Pakistan

Egypt has condemned a terrorist attack by the Islamic State (IS) group in Pakistan, leaving at least 52 people dead and 100 injured.

A statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed deep condolences to the families of the victims, and assured Egypt’s support to Pakistani government and people in fighting terrorism.

A bomb blast targeted a Sufi shrine in Pakistan on Saturday and the militant group later claimed responsibility.


14 terrorists killed in North Sinai security raids

Military and Police units in North Sinai killed 14 “armed terrorists” as part of a series of raids at terrorist hubs in a number of villages, Youm7 reported.

The raids took place in Rafah and Sheikh Zuwayed; they also resulted in destroying five hotbeds, five wells, SUVs and detonated 10 explosive devices planted on the road.


Sisi, Iraqi minister talk energy cooperation

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is set to receive Sunday the Iraqi Minister of Electricity at Ittihadiya Presidential Palace, Youm7 reported.

The meeting is expected to tackle boosting bilateral cooperation in the field of energy and the establishment of power plants.

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