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Egypt: ‘IS militants’ kill 12 soldiers in Sinai peninsula

Suspected Islamist militants have killed 12 soldiers and injured eight in an attack on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian security sources say. The army says 15 militants were also killed in the attack, which took place near the town of Bir al-Abd. Gunmen from the Sinai Province group are reported to be behind the attack. It is ...

Fuel aid halt suggests deeper Saudi-Egyptian rift

A halt to shipments of Saudi fuel to Egypt under a $23 billion aid deal shows that a rift between the Arab world’s richest country and its most populous may be deeper than previously thought, which could leave Egypt desperate for a new sponsor. Under the deal, signed during a visit by the Saudi king in April, Riyadh was meant ...

Egypt finds other sources after halt in Saudi fuel shipments

In this March 28, 2015 file photo provided by Egypt’s state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, talks with Saudi King Salman after the king arrived in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Close allies Egypt and Saudi Arabia are having their first public spat since Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi took office two years ago. The disagreement is over Syria, where ...

Russia to hold military drills in Egypt this month

“The joint Russian-Egyptian drills will happen in mid-October 2016 on the territory of Egypt,” it said, without specifying their start date. The drills, called “Protectors of Friendship-2016”, will include 500 troops, 15 planes and helicopters and 10 military hardware units, the ministry said, describing the exercises as “anti-terrorist”. “The airborne delivery by parachute of several Russian airborne troops’ сombat vehicles ...

Oil Prices 2016: Saudi Arabia Cuts Off Oil To Egypt

Saudi Aramco has discontinued shipping refined oil products to the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation, Egypt’s state oil company, as of early October, Reuters reported Monday, citing an Egyptian government official. Egypt did not receive crucial allocations of Saudi petroleum aid this month, forcing its state buyer to intervene by rapidly increasing tenders in order to buy over $500 million in petroleum products from ...

Allies Saudi Arabia, Egypt in rare public spat over Syria

CAIRO — Close allies and Arab powerhouses Egypt and Saudi Arabia are having their first public spat since Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi took office two years ago, a quarrel over Syria that points to a wider, but mostly muted, divergence in the handling by Cairo and Riyadh of regional issues. The two countries have gone to great lengths to shield ...

Egypt denies talks on hosting Russian airbase

Egyptian officials have denied a report in the Russian media which claimed that Moscow and Cairo are negotiating a deal on a Russian airbase in western Egypt. Egypt’s Al-Ahram daily reported the president’s office as stating that it would not allow foreign foreign military bases on Egyptian coasts. Earlier on Monday, Russian newspaper Izvestia cited its diplomatic and military sources as ...

National Security officer shot dead in Beheira

A non-commissioned police officer in Beheira was shot dead Saturday morning, after unknown assailants fired at him while he was on his way back from work. Gamal Al-Deeb belonged to the forces of the Beheira Security Directorate. Preliminary investigations, published by state media, say that the attackers are still at large. A military funeral will be held for the deceased ...

Egypt unhappy with ‘unjustifiable’ US security warning to tourists

Egypt’s foreign ministry sharply criticised the US embassy in Cairo for advising citizens to avoid large gatherings in the capital until Sunday, calling the move “unjustifiable”. The largest Arab country is battling an Islamist insurgency mainly concentrated in the Sinai peninsula and which gained pace after its military ousted President Mohamed Morsi, an Islamist, in 2013 after mass protests against ...

Egypt’s navy commander: new Mistral carrier can be used to protect offshore oil fields

Egypt’s naval forces commander Osama Rabie stated on Friday that the new Mistral-class carrier “Anwar El-Sadat” can be used in a range of missions, from confronting militancy in the North Sinai to protecting oil fields at sea. Responding to a question from reporters about the role of the ship – newly acquired from France to combat terrorism in North Sinai ...