Egypt

Egypt extends state of emergency; bomb kills three

CAIRO/ISMAILIA: Egypt’s Parliament Tuesday approved an extension of a nationwide state of emergency until the end of September as a police officer and two conscripts were killed by a roadside bomb in the Sinai where Egypt faces an Islamist insurgency. Parliament unanimously approved a three-month state of emergency in April, giving the authorities greater powers to crack down on what ...

Country’s warplanes hit arms convoy from Libya

Egyptian warplanes struck a convoy of 12 vehicles about to be driven across the border from Libya carrying weapons and ammunition, the military said on Tuesday. The military said in a statement that it had acted on“intelligence indicating a number of criminal elements had gathered to cross the border into Egypt using a number of four-wheel-drive vehicles”. An official in ...

EGYPT: PRESIDENT ABDEL-FATTAH EL-SISSI IS BULLYING RIVALS SUCH AS KHALED ALI AHEAD OF HIS RE-ELECTION BID

If Khaled Ali is worried, he isn’t showing it. Sitting behind a wooden desk in his office in downtown Cairo, the prominent human rights attorney is discussing his case with the calm remove of a lawyer defending his client. Only this time, Ali is the one on trial. In May, Egyptian authorities arrested Ali, a possible presidential candidate in the ...

Egypt islands deal with Saudi pits government against courts

CAIRO — The past week’s tempestuous parliament approval of a deal transferring two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia is putting Egypt’s government at odds with the judiciary and providing the country’s battered opposition with a nationalist cause to whip up at a time of growing economic distress. The surprise 2016 deal to hand over the islands of Tiran and ...

Egypt is blocking access to news sites on an ‘unprecedented level’

First published on ISS Today This is an especially tense time in the relationship between Sudan and Egypt, which has always been fraught. But as the geopolitical tectonics start to shift, both in Africa and the Middle East, the two neighbours are increasingly finding themselves on different sides of a number of crucial issues. The most obvious dispute centres around ...

Egypt is blocking access to news sites on an ‘unprecedented level’

The alert came in the form of a simple, late-night tweet by a prominent human rights activist. “Looks like we’ve just been blocked in Egypt @MadaMasr,” wrote Egyptian activist Hossam Bahgat, a Mada Masr contributor, on May 24. The tweet was one of the first signs of a brazen new assault on press freedoms in Egypt. It would soon become apparent that authorities ...

Egypt to Continue Bombing ‘Anyone Sponsoring’ Terror in Libya After Attack on Christians

Egypt is expected to move ahead with more airstrikes against jihadists in neighboring Libya in response to the most recent attack against the Christian minority in the North African country that killed at least 29 people and injured about 24 others. The airstrikes against Libya-based terrorists are intended “to get rid of them and to limit their ability to threaten ...

ISIS attack Egyptian bus killing 29 Coptic Christians

Egyptian officials said attackers who massacred Christians near a monastery had trained in militant camps in Libya which it targeted with air strikes, after the Islamic State group claimed responsibility. The air force loyal to Egypt-backed Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar said it had joined the Egyptian air strikes on Friday following the attack on Copts that killed 29 people. But ...

Egyptian actors’ Syria visit sparks uproar at home

Cairo: An Egyptian delegation of film actors and directors this week visited the Syrian capital Damascus, triggering uproar at home. The visitors included celebrated actors Elham Shahin and Farouq Al Feshawi as well as filmmakers Omar Abdul Aziz and Mohsen Fouda, who also heads the Egyptian Actors ‘Association. The trip came days after forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al ...

Hamas’ new policy document brings the group closer to Egypt

mas’ founding charter, which was published in 1988, defines Hamas “as a universal Islamic movement and one of the branches of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine.” Consequently, Hamas has been tied to the Brotherhood for the past 29 years In its new Document of General Principles and Policies announced May 1 from Doha, Qatar, many articles that were included initially ...

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