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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid. YOUM7 (archive)


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Egypt condemns Iraq’s truck bombing attack

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has condemned with the strongest words the terrorist bombing that rocked the Iraqi city of Hilla, which left scores of people dead and injured.

In a press release issued Thursday, foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid expressed condolences and support for the families of the victims, the Iraqi people and government, saying that the recent terror attack “confirms that terrorism is a global phenomenon requires consolidation of all efforts.”

At least 80 people have been killed in a truck bomb attack that struck at a petrol station and restaurant near Iraq’s Hilla, 100 km south of Baghdad on Thursday.

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the Thursday’s attack.

“Egypt maintains its position against terrorism, which terrifies innocent people and spreads chaos,” he said.


Government reviews database of ration cards holders: PM

The government embarked on revising a database for holders of subsidized food commodities ration cards, Youm7 said, citing a statement of Prime Minister Sherif Ismaiel on Thursday.

The government is now taking measures to remove deceased Egyptians, travelers and repeated names or registered by mistake from the list of ration card holders, Ismaiel said.

The government has allocated 38.4b EGP in this fiscal year’s budget to subsidize bread and food subsidies programs following decisions in recent years to significantly cut subsidies, he said.

In July 2014, the supply ministry developed a new system that provides ration card holders access to 20 different products, including meat and poultry products.


Egypt’s navy conducts live-ammunition maneuvers

The Egyptian Armed Forces launched on Thursday live-ammunition naval maneuvers in the western military zone, Youm7 reported.

Attended by Defense Minister Sedki Sobhy and Egypt’s top brass, the naval exercises included tactical projects and engagement with hostile navy vessels.

The minister also inspected military units and troops based at the western military zone.


Egyptian T.V. host Amr El-Lethiy banned from travel to Dubai

Egyptian authorities at the Cairo International Airport banned Journalist Amr El-Leithy from travel to Dubai on Thursday, Youm7 reported.

They allowed his wife to leave to UAE without him as Leithy’s name was put on the list of travel ban per an order from the Prosecution.

Leithy, then , directed to the Office of the Attorney-General to get clarification on banning him from travel. However, he said that the prosecution as no information about barring him from travel.

Shorouk newspaper reported a judicial sources saying that Leithy was banned from travel over showing a video footage on his talk show on Al-Hayah channel for a “Tuk Tuk driver” who was complaining and ranting on the economic situation in the country. Controversial lawyer Samir Sabry has filed a lawsuit against Leithy over screening the video.

On Wednesday, Egyptian authorities also banned Director of El Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence Aida Seif Al-Dawla from traveling abroad while she was heading to Tunisia on Wednesday.


Sisi meets with the Emir of the State of Kuwait

President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi met with the Emir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, on the sidelines of the fourth Africa-Arab Summit in Malabo on Wednesday, said Egyptian Presidential Spokesperson Alaa Youssef in a statement.

Both leaders tackled the bilateral and international issues of common interest, particularly Syrian and Yemeni crises.

“The President commended Kuwait’s efforts to help reach political settlements to ongoing crises in the Arab world and valued Kuwait’s hosting of Yemen’s peace negotiations and of meetings aimed at providing humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people,” the statement read.


Court commutes sentence of 3 years in jail to 6 months against columnist for ‘contempt of Religion’

A Cairo Misdemeanor Court commented sentence of three years in jail to six months- without the execution of the penalty- against columnist and poet Fatma Naoot over charges with contempt the religion on Thursday, Youm7 reported.

He was charged with “insulting Islam” after she was accused of mocking Islamic rite of animal slaughtering on her Facebook page in 2014.

On her Facebook, Naoot described the ritual as “the biggest massacre;” she previoulsy told The Cairo Post “it is strange to be tried over Facebook posts.


Sisi case of imprisoning press union head is ‘criminal’

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said the case of imprisoning chief of the press union is “criminal,” saying “there was no one in Egypt could be held accountable for his opinion.”

In his interview with Portugal’s T.V., President Sisi said that Egypt accepts the freedom of express, noting that there was no dictatorship and there is no Egyptian ruler can last in his post after the end of his term in accordance with the prosecution and the Egyptians’ will.

Chief of the Journalists’ Syndicate Yahia al-Qalash was sentenced to two years in jail, with the suspension of executing the penalty, and fined 10,000 EGP over charges of “harboring two journalists wanted by the police” at the syndicate headquarters downtown.


Egypt denies deporting Syrians back home

Egyptian government did not deport back home any Syrian illegal refugee, said Charge D’affaires of Egyptian embassy in Syria Mohame Tharwat Selim in a statement on Thursday.

He added that Syrian people, who have forged residency documents, are being considered as victims of war and the government will settle their residential situation.

Media reports claimed that Egyptian police personnel arrested on around 1,000 Syrian people who have rigged residential documents.

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