Egypt

Egypt opens the Rafah crossing in both directions

Egyptian authorities today opened the Rafah border crossing “exceptionally” in both directions to allow “humanitarian cases” and stranded passengers through. Thousands of passengers, including hundreds of pilgrims, gathered in the waiting hall on the Palestinian side of the crossing, as buses began to cross the Gaza-Egypt border. The spokesman of the crossings authority in the Gaza Strip, Hisham Adwan, told ...

US to participate in biennial military exercise with Egypt for first time since Arab Spring

The US military will take part in a biennial joint military exercise with Egypt called Bright Star 2017 — marking the first time the United States has participated in the joint exercise since the toppling of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The joint exercise dates back to the early 1980s, following the signing of the Camp David Accords during ...

41 Killed, 179 Injured in Egypt’s Alexandria Train Collision

  A train collision in Alexandria between two trains has killed at least 41 people and injured 179 passengers, announced the Ministry of Health on Friday evening. The collision occurred between one train travelling from Cairo to Alexandria and another from Port Said at Khorsid station. According to an initial investigation, the Cairo train crashed into the rear of the ...

Egypt, Kuwait air forces conduct joint drill in Egyptian airspace

Egyptian air forces began on Sunday joint military exercises with their Kuwaiti counterparts in Egyptian airspace, Egypt’s army said on Sunday. The drills aim to “bolster joint air capabilities using air forces from the two sides and strengthen military cooperation,” the army spokesman said in a statement. The exercise involved carrying out offensive and defensive sorties and conducting aerial reconnaissance ...

Egypt’s top prosecutor opens investigation into Cairo Airport power outage

Sunday, Egypt’s top Prosecutor ordered for an investigation to be opened into a power outage at Cairo International Airport that disrupted flight schedules and caused a blackout in essential terminal for over an hour, state-run news agency MENA reported. The power loss took place at Terminal 3 on Friday from 12:20am to 01:41am, and caused flight delays for international and domestic ...

Egypt businesses battle inflation after currency devaluation

Egyptian entrepreneurs, like Ibrahim Soudan, were forced to scour the black market for dollars a year ago to pay for imports as they battled a crippling foreign currency shortage. But today the country’s banks are flush with greenbacks and the black market for dollars has been wiped out — the result of Cairo’s decision to float the pound eight months ...

Egypt police trap and kill top militants: govt

Cairo – Egyptian police have killed two leaders of the Hasam militia in a shootout after intercepting them as they relocated to a new hideout on Cairo’s outskirts, the government said Tuesday. The interior ministry said the two militants were “prominent leaders” of the Hasam group – an extremist movement the government accuses of having links to the outlawed Muslim ...

Egypt faces water insecurity as Ethiopian mega-dam starts filling

“The land has become very dry,” observes Mahmoud Abo Khokha, a farmer from Al Monofeyya governorate, in Egypt’s Nile delta. “Drought is no longer predictable; it used to hit a certain 15 winter days. The whole year’s crops could be destroyed because of one week’s drought.” Like most farmers round here, he blames Ethiopia. They are under the impression that a ...

Egypt court refers death verdicts against 12 members of Muslim Brotherhood to Grand Mufti

An Egyptian court has referred the cases of twelve members of the Muslim Brotherhood to the Grand Mufti, the country’s highest Islamic legal official, which is the first step towards imposing a death sentence. The defendants are accused of storming the Matai police station and killing deputy chief Mustafa Al-Atar. The Minya Criminal Court has also set August 7 as ...

Egypt: Cops kill 6 IS sympathizers in shootout

CAIRO — Egyptian police killed six people who allegedly adhered to the Islamic State terror group’s beliefs when a gunfight erupted Monday during a raid on their Nile valley hideout, the government said. The militants opened fire on the police as they approached the hideout in Dairut, a town in the southern province of Assiut, the interior ministry said in ...

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