Wednesday 25 April 2018
(The New York Times 07/23/13)
CAIRO — At least six people were killed Tuesday near a sit-in held by supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi, the latest sign that Egypt’s political impasse is devolving into street battles. The deaths brought to at least nine the number of people killed over the last 24 hours during clashes in central Cairo, around Cairo University in Giza and north of the city in the Nile Delta, making it one of the deadliest periods since July 8, when more than 50 supporters of Mr. Morsi were killed by soldiers and police officers. On Monday and Tuesday, the former president’s supporters and unidentified opponents fought running battles with firearms, bottles and rocks near Tahrir Square in Cairo and on the...
(The Associated Press 07/23/13)
CAIRO -- Clashes between supporters and opponents of the country's ousted president before dawn on Tuesday near the main campus of Cairo University left six dead, a senior medical official said. Khaled el-Khateeb, who heads the Health Ministry's emergency and intensive care department, said the six died close to the site of a sit-in by supporters of Mohammed Morsi, ousted by the military on July 3 after a year in office. The ouster of Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, followed massive street protests by millions of Egyptians demanding that the Islamist president step down. His supporters are calling for his reinstatement and insist they will not join the military-backed political process until then. The latest clashes capped a day...
(Xinhuanet 07/23/13)
Ethiopia is keen to maintaining strong ties with Egypt and the dam under construction by Ethiopia on the Abay (Blue Nile) River will not be a source of tension in their relations, Ethiopia's Ambassador to Egypt said. The Renaissance Dam would not affect Egypt's share of the Nile water and both countries benefit from it, Mahmoud Drir said in a recent interview with Xinhua. "Mutual interests between the two states connect their future, and the minor issues that rise sometimes cannot affect their relations," said the Ambassador, describing ties with Egypt as "historic and eternal." "Even the diplomatic relations between both countries date back 85 years, when most African states were under Western occupation," he added. In May this year,...
(AFP (eng) 07/23/13)
EU awaits Egypt to return to 'civilian-led' path and remove military from politics. EU foreign ministers called Monday on Egypt's military to stand aside and allow a peaceful transition to civilian rule after ousting the elected government earlier this month. Expressing "deep concern" over developments in Egypt, ministers said "the armed forces should not play a political role in a democracy." Instead they "must accept and respect the constitutional authority of civilian power as a basic principle". "It is now of utmost importance that Egypt embarks on a transition, allowing a transfer of power to a civilian-led and democratically elected government," ministers said in a statement after a regular meeting. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton recently visited Egypt to...
(Bloomberg 07/23/13)
A Muslim Brotherhood leader has called on Egyptians to lay siege to the U.S Embassy in Cairo to protest what he said was American support for the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. One person was killed and seven injured in clashes between Mursi’s supporters and opponents in Tahrir Square near the embassy and on a nearby bridge, state-run media reported yesterday, after Essam El-Erian told Muslim Brotherhood supporters that U.S. diplomats must leave Egypt without harm. Daily protests by the deposed leader’s backers risk undermining the interim government’s plan to return to elected civilian rule. Violence at dawn today in Tahrir, the heart of the 2011 revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak, and nearby Giza injured 19 people, the state-run...
(Voice of America 07/23/13)
ADDIS ABABA — An Egyptian envoy is protesting the country's suspension from the African Union, saying the decision was based on a misunderstanding of events. The AU Commission plans to send a panel to Egypt to reassess its decision. Egypt says it feels its suspension from the African Union, after the military overthrew former president Mohamed Morsi early this month, should be reconsidered. Special envoy Mona Omar said Egypt regrets the AU decision. She said, “We came to explain and to say that the revolution that took place in Egypt was a popular uprising, nothing of an unconstitutional change, and that we are expecting our brothers and sisters in Africa and the African Union really to support us.” Two days...
(AL Jazeera 07/23/13)
At least 19 people injured in overnight clashes as pro-Morsi protests continue day after several were reportedly killed. Supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi have clashed with each other, hurling stones as security forces fired tear gas to try to disperse them, witnesses said. Violence continued to plague protests, which have been ongoing since the removal of Morsi on July 3, early on Tuesday. "Two rallies of Morsi supporters came under attack by unknown assailants in the early hours of the morning," said Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh. "Both sides were armed and engaged one another ... The violence follows on from Monday, when four people were killed." She said Tueday's clashes happened in neighbourhoods outside eastern and...
(BBC News Africa 07/23/13)
The family of the ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has accused the army of abducting him. His daughter Shaimaa told a news conference in Cairo that the family was taking legal measures against the army. Mr Morsi has been held at an undisclosed location without charge since he was removed from power on 3 July. At least three people were killed in clashes on Monday between opponents and supporters of the former president. Mr Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement has refused to recognise the new military-backed administration and continues to hold almost daily street protests. One person died and dozens of protesters were wounded during unrest in central Cairo, medical officials said. Egyptian state TV reported that seven pro-Morsi protesters had...
(Ahram Online 07/23/13)
Pro and anti Morsi forces face-off in Cairo, Qaliubiya and Damietta; video taken near Tahrir Square shows individuals fire shotguns; at least three confirmed dead. Hundreds of supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi clashed late Monday afternoon with anti-Morsi protesters who have been holding a sit-in in Tahrir Square. Other clashes also erupted in the Qaliubiya province just north of Cairo, and Damietta East north of Nile Delta. Khaled El-Khatib, head of the central administration for urgent surgery, said three were killed and 40 injured in the clashes that took place in the three cities, according to state news agency MENA. Mohamed Sultan, the head of Egypt's Emergency Medical Services, announced that 21 people were injured in the clashes in...
(Ahram Online 07/23/13)
Investor appetite for blue chips drives main index up as authorities demonstrate resilience in face of street unrest. Egypt's main index continued its rise on Monday, gaining 0.6 percent as total turnover jumped to LE546.7 million. The market had started the trading week on a very positive note, with the EGX30 gaining 1.3 percent on Sunday, as the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) confirmed receiving $5 billion in aid from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia. The deposit at the CBE is part of $12 billion in aid that has been pledged by the oil-rich Gulf States of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and UAE. According to Reuters, Egypt's stocks rose to a seven-week high Sunday as work began on...
(Ventures-Africa 07/23/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Telecom Egypt (TE) has revealed its intention to provide customers with fourth line mobile services, as it seeks to grow its market share in North African country. The MD/CEO of TE, Mohamed Elnawawy explained that the new service – which delivers the fastest mobile Internet experience – will give the company the needed base to push its growth and expansion agenda, noting that it will give the state-owned operator the opportunity to compete in 85 percent of the market, from which it is currently excluded. “We’re not just a new mobile player. We’re a new mobile player that has connections to 7 million users,” he said. “For example, we’re intending to serve governmental enterprises, the biggest spender...
(Ahram Online 07/23/13)
Dropping consumption due to unrest and a crackdown on fuel smuggling have eased, temporarily, energy demand, but Egypt's chronic energy and fuel shortage problems persist. Endless lines at petrol stations and frequent long blackouts that preceded mass protests 30 June disappeared in a blink of an eye after the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi. Many take this as proof that Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood were behind the crisis, while others — particularly Morsi supporters —believe fuel shortages were the result of a conspiracy by feloul, or remnants of the Mubarak regime, targetting Morsi’s popularity. Both camps might be partially right. On the one hand, the efficiency of Morsi’s government and its responses to the people’s needs was questionable in...
(AFP (eng) 07/23/13)
UN says although genital cutting is on decline, female genital mutilation remains "almost universal" in some countries. More than 125 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation, and 30 million more girls are at risk in the next decade, UNICEF said. Although genital cutting is on the decline, the practice remains "almost universal" in some countries, said the report by the United Nations Children's Fund, released on Monday. The report compiles 20 years of data across 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East. The tradition involves removal of some or all of a female's external genitalia. It can include cutting out the clitoris and sometimes sewing together the labia. Laws are not enough to stop...
(Voice of America 07/23/13)
Egypt's interim president is urging people to remain calm and abstain from violence following a new round of deadly clashes in Cairo. Interim President Adly Mansour spoke on state television late Monday, telling Egyptians that reconciliation is necessary for the country to move forward. His comments came after new clashes erupted in Cairo between supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. Security officials said Monday's fighting started with stone-throwing when a group of Morsi supporters passed near Tahrir Square during a protest march. Four people were reported killed and dozens more were wounded. One anti-Morsi protester says it escalated quickly. "We were near to Tahrir Square next to Kasr el-Nil bridge and we heard gunshots and fireworks and there...
(Ahram Online 07/23/13)
Male youth unemployment reached 30.8 percent in most governorates in 2011, according to Egypt's statistics body CAPMAS. Because of Egypt's endemic unemployment problem, 26.4 percent of Egypt's young men wish to emigrate despite having never travelled abroad, the country's statistics body CAPMAS reported on Sunday. Of those wishing to emigrate, over 61 percent cited lack of employment opportunities in Egypt as the reason. Over 30 percent of Egyptian youth who have emigrated have done so illegally. Nearly 81 percent emigrated without having employment contracts, and over 99 percent headed to Arab countries, versus the 0.8 percent emigrating to Europe. Male youth unemployment, defined as that affecting men between the ages of 15 and 29, reached 30.8 percent in most governorates...
(The Associated Press 07/22/13)
CAIRO — The family of Egypt’s ousted president lashed out at the military on Monday, accusing the generals of kidnapping Mohammed Morsi, who has been detained incommunicado in an unknown location for nearly three weeks. New violence erupted around protests by Morsi supporters demanding his reinstatement, killing at least four people. Pro-Morsi protesters marched near Cairo’s Tahrir Square, battled with Morsi opponents camped out in the square, trading stones and gunfire, while further clashes erupted in a city north of Cairo. The statement by Morsi’s family at a Cairo press conference underlined the unknown fate of Egypt’s first freely elected president. Morsi has not been seen and has had no known contact with lawyers, family or supporters since the military...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/22/13)
(Reuters) - The family of Egypt's ousted Islamist president said on Monday it would take legal action against the army as his supporters and opponents clashed in street battles in Cairo. Mohamed Mursi has been held at an undisclosed military facility since the army deposed him on July 3 and suspended the constitution in the wake of street protests against his one-year rule. The army says he is being held for his own safety. His detention and the arrests of numerous senior members of his Muslim Brotherhood have fuelled fears of a broad crackdown against a group banned during Hosni Mubarak's 30 years of autocratic rule, until he was toppled by street protests in 2011. "There is no legal or...
(AFP (eng) 07/22/13)
The family of Mohamed Morsi is to take legal action against Egypt's army chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, for "kidnapping" the Islamist president, his daughter said on Monday. "We are taking local and international legal measures against Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the leader of the bloody military coup, and his putschist group," Shaimaa Mohamed Morsi told reporters. "We hold the leader of the military group and the whole of his putschist group responsible for the health and safety of president Morsi," she added at the family's press conference in Cairo. Morsi has been detained at an unknown location since his overthrow by the army on July 3 following mass protests against his presidency across the country. Several countries, including the United...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/22/13)
(Reuters) - Egypt said on Monday it would cancel visa fees for Syrians, the latest effort to ease diplomatic tensions between the two Arab states after the army ousted President Mohamed Mursi this month. Mursi, a member of the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, had cut off diplomatic relations with Syria, led by President Bashar al-Assad, a follower of the Shi'ite's Alawite sect, last month at a rally packed with hardline Sunni Islamists calling for holy war in Syria. Egypt's army-backed administration that replaced Mursi has since tried to distance itself from his position, which analysts say could signal a desire to return to a role as a more neutral broker in the civil war. More than 100,000 people have been killed...
(CBC News 07/22/13)
Co-ordinated day and nighttime attacks Sunday by emboldened militants in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula targeted different areas in the main city of el-Arish and a border town, killing one civilian and four security officers, according to officials. The pace of attacks on the police and military in northern Sinai has intensified since the July 3 ouster of president Mohammed Morsi from power, but assaults have largely been confined to desolate desert areas of the region. Sunday's assault was significant in that it struck in the heart of el-Arish and killed a 32-year-old man driving his car in the most populated city in northern Sinai, which is also its provincial capital. The city is home to about 150,000 people. For militants...

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