Egypt

Arab League plans urgent meeting on Libya

The Arab League on Friday announced plans to hold an urgent virtual foreign ministers meeting to discuss the escalating conflict in Libya. The meeting, to be held at Egypt’s request via video conference, comes as fighting continues between rival administrations based in Libya’s capital and the west. “Coordination is currently underway with the current session’s head (the Sultanate of Oman) ...

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Egyptian airports to be inspected as international flights are resumed: Aviation Min.

CAIRO – 15 June 2020: Egypt’s Civil Aviation Minister Mohamed Manar on Wednesday has revealed many precautionary measures that shall be followed in conjunction with the operation of regular international flights starting July 1st. This follows a series of remarks Manar has given to explain the steps Egypt will follow to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in ...

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Egypt and the Libyan crisis: Measuring a response

The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) rejected Cairo’s ceasefire initiative last week. The militias that back the GNA continue to press eastward, preparing for a showdown in the petroleum crescent in the Gulf of Sirte, and local news reports cite GNA security sources saying Syrian and other mercenaries have been despatched to reinforce Tripoli’s forces to the south. Turkey, ...

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Egypt condemns Turkish, Iranian military intervention in northern Iraq

CAIRO- 19 June 2020: Egypt strongly condemned the recent Turkish and Iranian military interventions in northern Iraq, calling for the respect for the sovereignty of the states. In a statement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Egypt affirms its complete rejection of any interference affecting the sovereignty of any of the brotherly Arab states. “Egypt stresses utter rejection of any interferences ...

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Information Minister Under Self-Quarantine as COVID-19 Cases in Egypt Reach 50,000

The number of COVID-19 cases in Egypt continues to rise, with the Ministry of Health and Population’s official tally reaching 50,437 total cases of the highly transmissible virus on Thursday, 18 June. Meanwhile Minister of Information Osama Heikal has self-quarantined. In its daily statement, the Ministry of Health announced 1,218 new COVID-19 infections and 88 related deaths, taking the total ...

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Egyptian MP tests positive for coronavirus, enters hospital

CAIRO – 5 June 2020: An Egyptian Parliament member representing Qalyub constituency north of the capital, Cairo, has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the House of Representatives’ General Secretariat said in a statement on Thursday evening. Parliament Member Hussein Ashmawi has been tested after he has suffered some respiratory symptoms, the Secretariat said, adding that he has moved to one ...

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Beaches unprecedentedly empty during Egypt’s ‘Sham El-Nessim’ holiday

CAIRO – 20 April 2020: As the government has affirmed it would close all places that can have large gatherings over coronavirus especially in coastal cities during the national holiday of Sham El-Nessim, beaches on Monday appeared unprecedentedly empty. Tougher restrictions have been imposed during this day to limit people’s mobility amid the coronavirus crisis. Footage showed Alexandria, which receives ...

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Egypt says 18 suspected armed fighters killed in Sinai firefight

Egypt’s interior ministry has said 18 suspected armed group members were killed in North Sinai in a firefight with security forces, two days after a deadly blast claimed by the ISIL (ISIS) armed group. “National security received intelligence about terrorist elements hiding out in a home in Bir al-Abed, where they were planning to launch hostile operations,” the ministry said ...

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Egyptian activists circulate photo of coronavirus patient, claiming negligence

Egyptian activists circulated on Facebook a photo of a female coronavirus patient lying on the ground next to an ambulance in the courtyard of Shebin al-Qanater Hospital, claiming negligence on the part of healthcare workers. Director of Shebin al-Qanater Hospital Dr. Hassan Mansour said that the woman arrived at the hospital three days ago suffering from a hepatic coma with ...

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Egypt’s el-Sisi expands powers, citing coronavirus pandemic

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has approved amendments to the country’s state of emergency that grant him and security agencies additional powers, which the government says are needed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The changes on Saturday were condemned by a prominent rights group, which said Cairo has used the public health crisis to “expand, not reform, ...

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