Saturday 19 August 2017
(AFP (eng) 07/09/13)
Emotions ran wild on Monday near an elite military base in Cairo outside which at least 51 people were gunned down in a dawn attack on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. As pitched battles raged on Salah Salem, a boulevard where Morsi supporters hurled rocks at a security forces behind a cordon of barbed wire, people searched for the names of their loved ones at a hospital a few hundred metres (yards) away. Dozens of bodies were laid on the bloody floor of a makeshift morgue. The bloodshed occurred outside the headquarters of the elite Republican Guard, which the Brotherhood accuses of betraying Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president who was ousted in a popularly backed military coup...
(Ahram Online 07/09/13)
Ahmed El-Tayeb calls for national reconciliation, 6-months transitional period, release of all political prisoners in televised speech Monday. Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb threatened on Monday to go into solitary retreat in response to the current political strife and bloodshed. "I might be forced to enter into a retreat in my home until everyone takes responsibility for protecting the sanctity of blood and preventing the country from a civil war," El-Tayeb said in a statement broadcast by Egyptian state TV. Fifty-one people were killed and at least 435 were injured as former president Mohamed Morsi's supporters – largely from the Muslim Brotherhood – clashed with the Armed Forces at the Republican Guard in the early hours of Monday. The Egyptian...
(CNN 07/09/13)
Cairo (CNN) -- Egypt's interim leader, Adly Mansour, has issued a constitutional declaration giving himself limited power to make laws, and outlined a timetable for parliamentary and presidential elections, according to state media. There was no official word on the decree from the president's office. If the state media reports are accurate, the 33-article decree would grant Mansour limited legislative powers, but only after consultation with a cabinet, which would wield veto power. The distinction is important, because deposed President Mohamed Morsy was criticized for expanding the powers of his office. The decree also would put in motion a time line for voting on an amended constitution and for holding parliamentary and president ballots. The declaration calls for a constitutional...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/09/13)
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's interim rulers issued a faster than expected timetable for elections to drag the country out of crisis, a day after 51 people were killed when troops fired on a crowd supporting ousted President Mohamed Mursi. The streets of Cairo were quiet on Tuesday morning but Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood movement called for more protests later in the day, raising the risk of further violence. Under pressure to deliver a rapid timetable to restore democracy, Adli Mansour, the judge named head of state by the army when it brought down Mursi last week, decreed overnight that a parliamentary vote would be held in about six months. That would be followed by a presidential election. The political stakes were...
(Ahram Online 07/09/13)
276 Syrians are surprised to be deported when they landed at Cairo Intl Airport after Egypt authorities laid down new entry conditions. Cairo International Airport authorities deported 276 Syrians arriving from Beirut and Damascus Monday night, citing they were missing security permits and proper entry visas. According to Al-Ahram Arabic website, Egyptian authorities laid down new conditions for admission into the country within a few hours before their arrival. While Syrians were unconditionally allowed entry before Mohamed Morsi's removal, a visa and a security permit are now mandatory. An airport official said that 200 passengers arriving on a flight from Damascus were deported, along with 76 others from Beirut. The deportees were not given a grace period and were shocked...
(AL Jazeera 07/09/13)
The US, EU and Middle Eastern countries respond to the killing of at least 51 people in Cairo early Monday morning. The United States and the European Union have condemned violence in Egypt and called for utmost restraint after the killing of dozens of supporters of the ousted president. Washington called for Egypt's military, which last week removed President Mohamed Morsi, to exercise "maximum restraint" after more than 50 Morsi loyalists were killed. The Muslim Brotherhood, to which Morsi belongs, called for an "uprising" following the killings. In Brussels, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton warned all sides against "provocation or escalation" after the ' call for an uprising. "All those who claim legitimacy must act in a responsible way...
(Ahram Online 07/09/13)
National electricity grid sees 300-megawatt power surplus last week due to energy-saving measures adopted by public, state media reports. Egypt's electricity grid enjoyed a 300-megawatt power surplus over the past week due to energy-saving measures by the public, Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website reported on Monday. Citing Egypt's National Energy Control Centre (NECC), Al-Ahram added that national daily consumption had reached 23,900 megawatts, while total production stood at some 24,200 megawatts per day. Total daily consumption last month had stood at more than 25,000 megawatts, according to NECC figures. Al-Ahram daily newspaper also reported on Monday that the amount of natural gas used to produce electricity at the nation's power stations had been reduced by 10 percent to a current 79 million cubic metres per day.
(Ghana Business News 07/09/13)
African airlines enjoyed nearly a 10% rise in traffic in May 2013 as global passenger growth trend continues, according to an industry report. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says African airlines’ traffic climbed 9.8% in May which was the second highest among the regions. The report notes that African carriers are benefiting from a sustained increase in trade through developing links to Asia and the Middle East, as well as strong GDP growth in local economies, particularly in Western Africa. “Capacity rose 7.4% in May, raising load factor 1.4 percentage points to 66.2%,” said IATA’s passenger traffic report. In terms of air freight, African carriers grew just 0.2% in May, but growth trend, according to the airline association, was...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/08/13)
(Reuters) - At least 51 people were killed on Monday when the Egyptian army opened fire on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Mursi, in the deadliest incident since the elected Islamist leader was toppled by the military five days ago. Protesters said shooting started as they performed morning prayers outside the Cairo barracks where Mursi is believed to be held. But military spokesman Ahmed Ali said that at 4 a.m. (10.00 p.m. EDT) armed men attacked troops in the area around the Republican Guard compound in the northeast of the city. "The armed forces always deal with issues very wisely, but there is certainly also a limit to patience," the uniformed Ali told a news conference, at which he presented...
(Ahram Online 07/08/13)
Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh's Strong Egypt Party blames Egyptian military for Monday's killings, calls on Muslim Brotherhood to refrain from escalation and violence. Egypt's Strong Egypt Party on Monday called on Muslim Brotherhood leaders to stop escalating against the Egyptian army, going on to blame the army for not preventing bloodshed as promised. At least 51 protesters were killed and 435 injured in a flare-up of violence between Egypt's army and supporters of toppled president Mohamed Morsi – overthrown last week in a military coup – outside Republican Guard headquarters early Monday morning. In a statement, Strong Egypt – founded by former Brotherhood figure Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh – blamed the bloodshed on the army, condemning the "excessive use of force that resulted in...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/08/13)
(Reuters) - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu condemned the Cairo shooting in which at least 42 people died on Monday, describing the incident as a "massacre" and calling for the start of a normalization process. Islamist protesters angered by president Mohamed Mursi's overthrow said the killings occurred when they were fired on outside Republican Guard headquarters. The military blamed the bloodshed on a "terrorist group" that tried to storm the compound and said at least one soldier was killed and 40 hurt. "I strongly condemn the massacre that took place in Egypt at morning prayer in the name of the fundamental human values which we have been advocating," Davutoglu said on Twitter. He called for the start of a political...
(BBC News Africa 07/08/13)
Egypt's interim leader has expressed sorrow over the deaths of at least 51 people near a barracks in Cairo, urging restraint amid ongoing unrest. Adly Mansour also said he had ordered an investigation into the deaths. The Muslim Brotherhood says its members were fired on as they staged a sit-in for ousted President Mohammad Morsi, while the army said it had responded to an armed provocation. The Brotherhood's political wing meanwhile called for an "uprising". The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) - which took nearly half the seats in historic parliamentary elections held in late 2011 and early 2012 - urged Egyptians to revolt against "those trying to steal their revolution with tanks". It also urged the international community to...
(Ahram Online 07/08/13)
Military spokesman accuses 'certain factions' of inciting violence as Brotherhood-affiliated Safwat Hegazy video screens in background. Military spokesman Ahmed Aly said in a press conference on Monday afternoon that army and police forces protecting the Republican Guard headquarters were attacked on Monday by armed groups. According to Aly, pro-Morsi protesters, who have been gathering outside the Republican Guard headquarters for days, used live ammunition and bird shots against security personnel. He added that at the time of the attack, another group was shooting from atop a building on Al-Tayaran street, where the military facility is located. "A colleague is in Maadi hospital undergoing a four-hour surgery; he was shot with live ammunition to the head, which caused his skull to...
(BBC News Africa 07/08/13)
At least 40 people have been killed in a shooting incident in Cairo, say officials and the Muslim Brotherhood, amid continuing unrest over the removal of President Mohammed Morsi. The Brotherhood says its members were fired on while they were holding a sit-in at a Presidential Guard barrack. But the army said a "terrorist group" had tried to storm the barracks. Mr Morsi, an Islamist and Egypt's first freely elected president, was ousted by the army last week after mass protests. Scores of people have been killed since the unrest began last weekend. Mr Morsi is believed to be held at the Presidential Guard Club, in the eastern Nasr City district of the capital. His supporters - many of them...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/08/13)
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has said that Egypt risks slipping into civil war following the military overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi. Dozens of people have been killed and more than 1 000 wounded in clashes between Morsi's supporters, opponents and the military since the president's exit. "Syria is already in the grips of the civil war ... and Egypt is moving in the same direction," Putin told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti on Sunday during a visit to Kazakhstan's capital Astana. Meanwhile, Egypt's transition has stumbled after the choice of Mohamed ElBaradei as interim prime minister was thrown into doubt by Islamist objections. ElBaradei's nomination had been confirmed by several sources and state media on Saturday, but just before...
(Fox News 07/08/13)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Foreign Ministry on Sunday criticized the Egyptian military's toppling of the nation's Islamist president, calling the move improper in its first official reaction. "We do not consider proper the intervention by military forces in politics to replace a democratically elected administration," said ministry spokesman Abbas Araghchi, according to the official news agency IRNA. Egypt's military ousted Mohammed Morsi Wednesday after four days of mass protests against him. Araghchi said that supporters of Morsi should not give up their efforts to reinstate him. Elections and not "the streets" should decide who is president of Egypt, he said. "Islamists and revolutionaries should not be frustrated," Araghchi said. On the other hand, he said, "We do not see...
(AFP (eng) 07/08/13)
Sixteen Islamist activists were shot dead early on Monday during a protest outside a key Cairo army headquarters calling for ousted president Mohamed Morsi to be reinstated, his Muslim Brotherhood said. "Sixteen people were killed and 100 others injured, many of them in serious condition," the group's spokesman Ahmed Aref told AFP. Demonstrators told AFP that troops and police had fired tear gas canisters and bullets into the air to disperse the protesters. "They wanted to disperse the protesters," who were determined to stage an indefinite sit-in, the protester said. Another protester, Mahmud al-Shilli confirmed that security forces fired into the air, adding that a group of men in civilian clothing had attacked the protesters. "The Republican Guard fired tear...
(Fox News 07/08/13)
Thousands are protesting in Egypt after both the Muslim Brotherhood and their opponents called for new mass rallies Sunday, renewing fears of another round of street violence after the country’s military removed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi from office. The calls for competing rallies come after clashes two days ago between the rival camps left at least 36 dead and more than 1,000 injured nationwide. The military said troops are beefing up security and warned against any "provocative actions." Any violators will be "dealt with decisively, under the law," the army spokesman said in an official Facebook posting. In Friday's violence it sided with the anti-Morsi crowds and in one case, opened fire on pro-Morsi demonstrators. At the Rabaa Adawiya mosque...
(AFP (eng) 07/08/13)
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said on Monday that 35 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi were killed at dawn when security forces opened fire on them as they were praying. "Morsi supporters were praying while the police and army fired live rounds and tear gas at them. This led to around 35 dead and the figure is likely to rise," the Brotherhood said in a statement. Earlier, the Egyptian armed forces said "armed terrorists" had tried to storm the headquarters of the elite Republican Guard, where the Brotherhood had been protesting, leaving one security officer dead. The Islamist group's political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, called for "an uprising by the great people of Egypt against those trying to steal...
(Voice of America 07/08/13)
The Egyptian Army needs to control supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi if it is to maintain stability in the country, according to a noted Middle East analyst. The advice comes from Nezar AlSayyad, who predicted ahead of time last week that the Army would oust Morsi and put the chief of the Constitutional Court in as interim president until elections could be held. “If, in fact, the military is going to be able to control those people in the next may be weeks or 10 days, then I think the transitional government that is going to be put in place right now may be able to function well,” AlSayyad said. But AlSayyad, head of the University of California Berkeley’s...

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