Egypt

Road to El Wahat El Bahariya (Egypt) (AFP) Sixteen Egyptian policemen were killed in a shootout with militants on the road between Cairo and the Bahariya oasis in the Western Desert, the interior ministry said Saturday, in a rare flare-up outside the Sinai Peninsula. Funerals were held in several provinces for those killed, whose coffins were wrapped in Egyptian flags. The official toll from the interior ministry was lower than a figure given earlier by security and medical sources of at least 35 Egyptian police officers killed in the clashesRead More
Cairo (AFP) Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah converted a stoppage-time penalty to give Egypt a dramatic 2-1 win over Congo Brazzaville Sunday and a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Salah put Egypt ahead during the second half in Alexandria only for Arnold Bouka Moutou to equalise two minutes from the end of regular time. Victory gave Egypt an uncatchable four-point lead over Uganda in Group E with one round of fixtures remaining. Uganda were held 0-0 by Ghana in Kampala Saturday. A defensive blunder allowed constant menace SalahRead More
Cairo (AFP) Debauched, perverted, sick, deviant… just some of the words used to describe gays in Egypt amid a police crackdown on homosexuality after the rainbow flag was raised at a concert. Despite homosexuality not being illegal in the North African country, the number of arrests of suspects is mounting. The crackdown comes after an open-air concert in Cairo on September 22 by Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila, when the flag representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community was raised. Pictures of the incident were shared widely on social media,Read More
Cairo (AFP) The Egyptian government denied on Monday that a shipment of weapons from North Korea was destined for its military, as reported in The Washington Post. In a report published on Sunday, the US newspaper reported that the Egyptian military was the undisclosed buyer of $23 million worth of rocket-propelled grenades from North Korea in 2016. The Post cited US officials and Western diplomats familiar with the findings who remained anonymous. But the Egyptian foreign ministry denied the report on Monday. In a statement sent to AFP, spokesman AhmedRead More
Cairo (AFP) An Egyptian court jailed two people for life on Sunday and 12 to between two and 10 years over violence that led to a deadly football stadium stampede in Cairo. At least 19 people died in the disaster after police fired tear gas at fans who tried to push their way into the stadium in February 2015. The defendants faced charges including murder, thuggery and vandalism, and were accused of clashing with police, leading to the stampede. Two received life sentences, three were given 10 years, five gotRead More
Cairo (AFP) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York to discuss the Middle East peace process in their first public talks, his office said on Tuesday. Sisi emphasised the importance of “resuming negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian sides to reach a comprehensive solution,” the statement said. The two leaders discussed “ways to resume the peace process and establish a Palestinian state,” the statement said. Peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians have been at a standstill since US-backed talks collapsed in theRead More
Cairo (AFP) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu publicly for the first time in New York to discuss Middle East peace after US President Donald Trump said he would push for resuming stalled negotiations. Monday’s meeting, which follows mediation in Cairo between Palestinian arch-rivals Fatah and Hamas, reflects Egypt’s will to return to the forefront of the Middle East diplomatic scene. The two met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which has been at a standstill sinceRead More
Cairo (AFP) An Egyptian court Saturday condemned to death seven people for membership of the Islamic State group and over the beheading in Libya of 21 Christians, all but one of them from Egypt, judicial officials said. IS in Libya posted a video on the internet in February 2015 of the gruesome beheadings on a Libyan beach, sparking international condemnation and Egyptian air strikes against jihadist targets in the neighbouring Arab state. Of the seven defendants, three were sentenced to death in absentia, the officials said. An unspecified number ofRead More
Cairo (AFP) Ten militants from Egypt’s Islamic State group affiliate were killed on Sunday in a police raid and a near three-hour shootout in a residential neighbourhood of Cairo, security officials said. Five policemen were wounded in the clashes at two apartments in the densely populated eastern Cairo neighbourhood of Ard al-Lewa, officials from the national security agency and Giza governorate police said. The firefight began when security forces approached the two apartments after a tip-off that militants were holed up there, the officials said. They said initial enquiries indicateRead More
Menufia (Egypt) (AFP) The cattle traders in the Ashmun market, north of the capital Cairo, jostled to lure customers into buying a buffalo or a sheep for Eid al-Adha, the annual Muslim holiday when custom requires a sacrifice. But this year, with inflation in Egypt hitting record highs, customers seemed more interested in gawking at the cattle than buying any ahead of Friday, the first day of Eid al-Adha. “Last year there was more business. This year, no one wants to buy cattle because of the increased prices,” said oneRead More