Egypt

Cairo (AFP) Egypt archaeologists have discovered three ancient tombs containing sarcophagi in the south of the country in a cemetery dating back about 2,000 years, the antiquities ministry said on Tuesday. The tombs excavated in the Al-Kamin al-Sahrawi area in Minya province south of Cairo were in burial grounds constructed some time between the 27th Dynasty and the Greco-Roman period, the ministry said in a statement. The team found “a collection of sarcophagi of different shapes and sizes, as well as clay fragments,” the statement quoted Ayman Ashmawy, head ofRead More
Cairo (AFP) Egypt’s health ministry has punished six medics who took selfies in front of a deadly train wreck by transferring them to a remote part of the country, it said Saturday, following an online uproar. Two trains collided Friday near the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, killing 41 people in one of the deadliest such accidents in the North African country. Pictures of an ambulance crew taking selfie pictures in front the wreckage sparked anger on social media, with one Twitter user posting a photograph with a hashtag reading: “conscienceRead More
Cairo (AFP) Egypt’s interior ministry said on Thursday a policeman and three jihadists suspected of involvement in deadly attacks against the country’s Coptic Christian minority were killed in a shootout. Police had arrested one member of the cell who led them to their mountain hideout in the southern province of Qena where the two other jihadists opened fire on Tuesday, the ministry said. The two suspects, who have not been identified, were killed in the ensuing firefight, along with the informer and a police officer guarding him. Egypt is battlingRead More
Cairo (AFP) From the Giza pyramids to the pharaonic tombs of Luxor, Egypt’s ancient monuments are holding onto mysteries which researchers now aim to unravel with cutting edge technology. For more than 200 years since Napoleon Bonaparte landed in Egypt with a retinue of scholars who laid the groundwork for modern Egyptology, experts have used science to unlock the secrets of the country’s ancient treasures. In the 21st century, the scientists have been using electronic devices and chemical testing to date artefacts. Chemical testing still requires small samples, but advancedRead More
Cairo (AFP) Egypt has created a “national council” to combat the rise of Islamist “terrorism” which has targeted its security forces and Coptic Christian minority, in a presidential decree issued on Wednesday. The decree, published in Egypt’s official gazette, sets up a “national council to combat terrorism and extremism” by adopting a “global national strategy”. The council is to be chaired by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and will comprise the sheikh of Al-Azhar, the highest Sunni religious authority in Egypt, and its Coptic pope, as well as the parliament speaker,Read More
Cairo (AFP) Egypt said it would end visas on arrival for Qatari citizens as a dispute between four Arab states and the Gulf emirate continues over allegations that Doha supports terrorism. The measure, which goes into effect on Thursday, will not include spouses of Egyptians or university students who will be granted tourist visas on arrival, foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said. The decision was announced on Monday as Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah, who is trying to mediate an endRead More
Cairo (AFP) Security forces have killed nine militants in the Sinai Peninsula and also destroyed 15 vehicles transporting weapons into Egypt across its western border, the military said in statements on Sunday. The “extremists” were killed in two separate incidents in the middle Sinai, but the military did not say when they took place. Both involved the air force and “law enforcement forces”. The military said a planned “hostile act” was foiled after “a highly dangerous terrorist” group was discovered and tracked, and six militants were killed in a mountainousRead More
Hurghada (Egypt) (AFP) Police on Saturday questioned the suspected jihadist who stabbed to death two German women and wounded four others at a Red Sea beach resort, adding to the woes of Egypt’s hobbled tourism industry. Elsewhere the interior ministry said police killed six militants in two shootouts near Cairo and the eastern Ismailiya province. Egypt has struggled to quash militant attacks led by the Islamic State group, whose local branch is based in the Sinai Peninsula, after the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Judicial sources saidRead More
Cairo (AFP) Egypt’s Coptic and Evangelical Churches have suspended some of their activities for security reasons after a spate of jihadist attacks, church officials said on Thursday. Conferences and church-organised trips will be suspended for three weeks after security services warned of more attempted attacks, said the Reverend Andrea Zaki, head of the Egyptian Evangelical Church. “We are talking about conferences and travel for religious events, for three weeks, because we have information in cooperation with the responsible agencies that attempts to attack have been detected,” he told AFP. ChurchRead More
Cairo (AFP) Egyptian police said they killed 14 alleged Islamic State group members Saturday in a raid on a training camp, a day after the jihadists conducted a deadly attack on soldiers. Funerals were held across the country for at least 21 soldiers killed in Friday’s attack in the north of the Sinai Peninsula, one of deadliest against the military in years. The interior ministry said police officers raided a desert training camp in the eastern province of Ismailiya, killing the 14 alleged militants. At least five of them hadRead More