Egypt’s local news digest Nov 16: Vintage Air Rally lands at Giza’s Pyramids to support tourism
The Vintage Air Rally, a large group of vintage plane enthusiasts, landed at the Pyramids of Giza- photo courtesy of the UK embassy in Cairo


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Vintage Air Rally lands at Giza’s Pyramids to support tourism

In light of supporting the Egyptian tourism, The Vintage Air Rally, a large group of vintage plane enthusiasts, landed at the Pyramids of Giza, said the U.K embassy on its official Facebook page on Tuesday.

The rally was flying from Crete through to Cape Town targeting spectacular flying spots – including Egypt’s Pyramids.

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.

Egypt’s tourism sector represents 11 percent of the country’s GDP and the second main source of hard currency after the Suez Canal.

3 killed, 15 injured in road accident in Sohag

Three people were killed and 15 others were injured after a passenger microbus collided with a pick-up truck along Sohag-Red Sea highway on Tuesday, Youm7 reported.

The victims were hospitalized while the death bodies have been to a hospital morgue; the investigations have been launched.

Many Egyptians die on the road as thousands of accidents take place every year. Lack of road safety measures in Egypt has been blamed by experts for the fatal crashes; however, officials say human error constitute main reason.

Two years ago, Egypt has embarked on a number of projects including applying maintenance to dilapidated bridges, construct new roads and launching drug-driving tests to truck drivers and school bus drivers.

Egyptian forces kill 24 militants in N.Sinai

Egyptian military and security forces killed a total of 24 militants in restive North Sinai, Youm7 reported on Wednesday

They also thwarted an attempt of targeting a security ambush in Rafah after a security personnel fired RPG at a bomb car, killing its driver.


Ministry of Agriculture launches campaign of vaccinating zoos’ birds against H5N1

The Central Administration of the Zoos, affiliated to the Ministry of Agriculture, started a campaign to vaccinate all birds against the bird flu (H5N1) virus nationwide, Youm7 reported on Wednesday. The campaign is a periodical measure that took place annually.

Every year, cases contracting the virus are reported, especially during the winter season; the disease complications sometimes results in death.

In 2015, a total of 41 people have died of bird flu, compared to 10 deaths in 2014, according to the Health Ministry.

First appeared in Egypt in 2006, the virus is being treated by Tamiflu antiviral medication, and there is a strategic stock of it provided both as syrup and tablets, previously announced by the ministry.


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