(CAIRO) Egypt’s irrigation Report: Minister said on Monday that he had received official notice from Ethiopia that it had begun filling the reservoir behind its giant hydropower dam, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), for a second year #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.08: The UN Security Council is set to meet Thursday on Ethiopia’s mega-dam project, which has sparked fears in downstream Sudan and Egypt over their water supplies, diplomats said.

CAIRO: Ethiopia tells Egypt it has resumed filling giant Nile dam and Egypt has informed Ethiopia of its categorical rejection of the measure, which it regards as a threat to regional stability, irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel Aty said.


July 05, 2021 23:04:

Both nations have been pushing Ethiopia to ink a binding deal over the filling and operation of GERD on the Blue Nile that broke ground in 2011.
Addis Ababa, which said it last year reached its first target in the years-long filling of the dam, has announced it will proceed in July with or without a deal.

The public session was requested by Tunisia on Egypt and Sudan’s behalf, according to a diplomatic source.
France’s ambassador to the UN, Nicolas de Riviere, said last week that the council itself can do little apart from bringing the sides together.

We can open the door, invite the three countries at the table, bring them to express their concerns, encourage them to get back to the negotiations and find a solution,” he told reporters.

Sudan and Egypt have written to the council to urge it to take up the matter in recent weeks.
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said in his note that negotiations are at an impasse and he accused Ethiopia of adopting “a policy of intransigence that undermined our collective endeavors to reach an agreement.”

Shoukry also held talks with his Sudanese counterpart Mariam Sadiq Al-Mahdi in New York on Monday as part of the framework of Egyptian-Sudanese coordination in the preparation for the Security Council session.

Egyptian Sudanese coordination in the framework of the preparations for the SC session on #GERD, FM #Sameh_Shoukry meets with his Sudanese counterpart FM Dr. #Mariam_Alsadig@MofaSudan@Mariam_Sadig

— Egypt MFA Spokesperson (@MfaEgypt) July 5, 2021

Moreover, Ethiopia said Tuesday it rejected “unwelcome meddling” by the Arab League in the dispute over the mega-dam.
“Ethiopia rejects the unwelcome meddling by the League of Arab States on the matter of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) following the League’s submission of a letter to the UN Security Council and UN General Assembly to intervene in the matter,” Tuesday’s Ethiopia foreign ministry statement said.
“The League of Arab States has a reputation for its unfettered and unconditional support to any claim Egypt has presented on the issue of the Nile.”

The Arab League announced last month it was backing Security Council intervention, despite Ethiopia’s insistence that talks proceed under an ongoing process led by the African Union.

Ethiopia says the dam on its Blue Nile is crucial to its economic development and providing power to its population.
Egypt views the dam as a grave threat to its Nile water supplies, on which it is almost entirely dependent. Sudan, another downstream country, has expressed concern about the safety of the dam and the impact on its own dams and water stations.
Egypt and Sudan have been engaged in a diplomatic campaign for a legally binding deal over the dam’s operation, but talks have repeatedly stalled.
The diplomatic push intensified ahead of the first filling of the dam with last summer’s rains in Ethiopia, and again in recent weeks ahead of the second filling.

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(CAIRO, Egypt.) Court Report: Prosecutors have shelved a case that fuelled the countries #MeToo movement, saying there is “insufficient evidence” #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.14: Following a nine-month investigation the four suspects in the case have now been released, prosecutors said:

CAIRO: Egypt #MeToo campaign prompts alleged rape arrests that fuelled a case that has been Egypt’s #MeToo movement shelved due to insufficient evidence after a woman alleged in a social media post last year that she was drugged and gang raped at the five-star Fairmont Nile City Hotel in Cairo in 2014’

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Fairmont Nile City Hotel in Cairo
The attack was alleged to have happened at the Fairmont Nile City Hotel in Cairo

But they added that the case could be reopened if new evidence came to light.

In a statement, prosecutors said they had pursued the suspects last year by enforcing travel bans and issuing international arrest warrants for three of the men from Lebanon.

But, they added, “there is insufficient evidence against the defendants to proceed with a criminal case. The release of those temporarily detained has been ordered”.

They said they had interviewed 39 witnesses, and that “contradictions appeared in the testimonies of witnesses about key facts of the incident”.

Prosecutors also questioned police and forensic doctors, they said, as well as the alleged victim.

Assault Police, the campaign account that first reported the allegations last year, posted about the case being dropped with the hashtag “#justiceforthefairmontsurvivor”.

When it was first publicised last year, the case led to people across Egypt sharing their experiences online of sexual harassment and assault.

Last year, the Egyptian parliament approved a law intended to encourage victims of crimes to report them by giving them the automatic right to anonymity after Egypt sex attacks fuel ‘feminist revolution’

Research suggests that abuse is widespread in Egypt, but that women are afraid that if they file complaints they themselves could be blamed.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.14: 2021:

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(CAIRO, Egypt.) Court Report: Sentences ‘Muslim Brotherhood Leader’ to life in prison on Thursday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.18: Meanwhile, Egypt has been cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood, while Muslim Brotherhood affiliates are alive and well in Western countries, and are advancing their agenda without any significant pushback:

Egypt: Court sentences acting Muslim Brotherhood leader to life in prison: Back in February, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi instructed the education ministry to delete some Qur’an verses and Hadiths from the country’s educational curricula, because they help spread terrorism’

“Court sentences acting Muslim Brotherhood leader to life in prison,” Reuters, April 8, 2021:

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court sentenced Mahmoud Ezzat, the former acting leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, to life in prison on Thursday, months after he was detained in a Cairo apartment.

Security forces arrested Ezzat last August in a raid in Cairo’s Fifth Settlement district, the latest blow to a movement that has been the target of a crackdown since it was forced from power in 2013.

Ezzat was sentenced on charges of inciting violence and supplying firearms during clashes outside the Brotherhood’s headquarters between its supporters and opponents in 2013, a judicial source said. Other senior Brotherhood members have been sentenced to life in prison in the same case.

Ezzat’s lawyer could not immediately be reached. At the time of Ezzat’s arrest, the Brotherhood said he had been pursued on “false political charges”.

Ezzat was an influential former deputy to Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie, and considered a hardliner within the group. He became acting leader after Badie’s arrest in August 2013.

Ezzat had previously been sentenced to death and to life in prison in absentia, but faces retrials following his detention….

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Apr.18: 2021:

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(CAIRO, Egypt.) JUST IN: US Citizens being warned not to visit the US Embassy in Cairo at present as a possible ‘ bomb alert ‘ is in place according to officials who spoke in anonymity………………………..Developing #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.04: Editor says here’s what we know so far of the incident: #SecurityAlert #Cairo Americans are warned to avoid the US Embassy in Cairo after reports of a security incident: https://acebreakingnews.wordpress.com/2018/09/04/breaking144-securityalert-cairo-americans-are-warned-to-avoid-the-us-embassy-in-cairo-after-reports-of-a-security-incident-acebreakingnews/ Egyptian security officials say they are investigating a suspected explosive device near the heavily fortified US Embassy in the heart of Cairo, Egypt’s capital: They say the device was spotted on Tuesday outside the concrete barriers that encircle the embassy and the ambassador’s residence in the leafy district of Garden City #AceNewsDesk reports

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media: The US Embassy said in a tweet that it was “aware of a reported incident” near the embassy and advised US citizens to avoid the area.

The area around the embassy has for decades been heavily policed, with concrete barriers blocking vehicular traffic in its immediate vicinity.

In a Tweet at 14:53 local time, the embassy said the incident occurred on Simon Bolivar Street, which is located just metres from the building.

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• نحن على علم بواقعة حدثت في شارع سيمون بوليفار في القاهرة. يرجى تجنب المنطقة ومراقبة وسائل الإعلام المحلية للحصول على المستجدات. نحن على علم بالتقارير التي تفيد بأن المواصلات العامة بالقرب من المنطقة قد تعطلت بسبب الحادث. يرجى توخي الحذر.

— US Embassy Cairo (@USEmbassyCairo) September 4, 2018

Asharq Al-Awsat later tweeted that a man had been arrested after trying to throw an explosive device at the US embassy.

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CAIRO: ‘ Islamic State Claim responsibility for Karnak Temple Suicide Bomb Attack ‘

#AceNewsReport#Breaking Post Update:CAIRO:June.10: The Islamic State (ISIL) militant group on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack at the Temple of Karnak in the historic Egyptian city of Luxor, CoptsToday news website reported.

Islamic State Claim Responsibility for Karnak Attack '
Islamic State Claim Responsibility for Karnak Attack ‘

The website cited a Twitter post believed to belong to Islamic State senior member Said Abu Obeida, who states the assault on the Karnak temple was organized by ISIL militants.

The temple is one of Egypt’s most famous historic sites and second in popularity only to the Giza pyramids. It attracts millions of tourists every year.

Egyptian police said earlier in the day that three suicide bombers attempted to fight their way past the checkpoint at the entrance to the ancient shrine after security officers attempted to screen them.

One of the attackers was shot dead and another wounded, while a third detonated a bomb killing himself and injuring four bystanders. Security forces are checking if the trio had other accomplices, Egyptian media said.

Jihadist militants have killed hundreds of security employees and servicemen in Egypt since the 2013 coup deposed the country’s President Mohamed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood Islamist organization.


#cairo, #egypt, #giza-necropolis, #islamic-state, #islamism, #mena, #mohamed-morsi, #muslim-brotherhood, #sinai-peninsula

#BREAKING Suicide Bomber attacks Tourist Site in Egypt

#AceBreakingNews – EGYPT:June.10:A suicide car bomber has targeted the Karnak Temple at Luxor temple tourist site in southern Egypt

According to private Egyptian newspaper Youm7, two terrorists were killed and one police officer was injured when a car bomb detonated near Luxor’s Karnak Temple. Sky News Arabia reports that the detonation occurred after security forces confronted the car laden with explosives. Sky News added that a third attacker was injured in the foiled car bomb attempt.

Suicide Bomber Attacks Tourist Site in Egypt


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#AceWorldNews – EGYPT:Dec.16 – The British Embassy in Cairo reopened on Tuesday after suspending public services nine days ago for security reasons, Reuters said. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he was “very grateful for the close co-operation from the Egyptian government which has made this re-opening possible.”

The embassy was closed to the public on December 7.

The Canadian embassy closed a day later.


#british-embassy, #cairo, #canadian-embassy


#AceWorldNews – EGYPT – October 13 – Thirty people were killed in a crash involving three minibuses on Monday in Egypt’s southern Aswan province, AFP said, citing medical and security sources.

Another 15 people were injured near Edfu, some 930 kilometres south of Cairo, in the incident thought to have been caused by speeding.


#aswan, #cairo, #egypt

CAIRO: ‘ Donor’s Conference With Everyone Wanting Share of the Lucrative Gaza Pie’

#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – October 12 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday promised a transparent and responsible use of funds pledged at a donor’s conference to help Gaza rebuild after this summer’s devastating war between Israel and Hamas.

Speaking at the one-day gathering in Cairo, Western-backed Abbas said $4 billion was needed to reconstruct the coastal strip after the 50-day war that ended on Aug. 27.

Participants were expected to pledge hundreds of millions of dollars, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced immediate U.S. assistance of $212 million as the conference began.



#cairo, #gaza, #hamas, #palestinian, #president-mahmoud-abbas, #us-secretary-of-state-john-kerry

EGYPT: ‘ Offering to Train Pro-Government Troops Battling Militant’s in Libya ‘

#AceWorldNews -EGYPT (Cairo) – October 01 – Egypt has reportedly offered to train pro-government forces battling rival armed groups in Libya. Ahmad Buzeyad Al-Missmari, spokesman of the Libyan General Chief of Staff, confirmed Egypt had offered training for troops, Reuters said.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi earlier called for decisive action against militants based in Libya. Egypt says they sneak across the border to help Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis jihadists attack Egyptian security forces in its Sinai Desert near Israel.


#ansar-bayt-al-maqdis-jihadists, #cairo, #egypt, #libya

‘ Egyptian Judge Sentences Sixty Eight Muslim Brotherhood Supporters to Prison Terms ‘

#AceWorldNews – EGYPT (Cairo) – September 30 – An Egyptian court sentenced 68 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to jail terms on Tuesday, Reuters said.

' 68 Muslim Brotherhood Supporters Jailed in Egypt '

‘ 68 Muslim Brotherhood Supporters Jailed in Egypt ‘

Judge Mohamed Ali Al-Faqi gave 63 of the defendants 15 years in jail and five others 10 years, according to judicial sources.

All were found guilty of killing 30 people and intending to kill others in Cairo on October 6, 2013.

On that day, more than 50 people died in clashes across the country between opponents and supporters of then-President Mohamed Morsi.


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CAIRO: ‘ Military Aircraft Crashes Killing Six Troops ‘

#AceWorldNews – EYGPT (Cairo) – September 22 – A military aircraft has crashed in southern Cairo due to technical error, killing at least six Egypt army personnel and injuring one.

“During military training, a technical failure led to the crash of an aircraft carrying troops in Kom Aushim in Fayoum province… Killing six soldiers and injuring one,” the army statement said.

A probe into the crash has been ordered by Defence Minister and army commander-in-chief Sedki Sobhi.



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EGYPT: ‘ US Secretary John Kerry Arrives in Cairo to Gird Support Against Islamic State ‘

#AceNewsServices – (Exclusive) – EGYPT (Cairo) – September 13 – US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Cairo on the latest leg of a regional tour to forge a coalition to battle the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.



Kerry is scheduled to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi.

The United States says it is “comfortable” it can build an international coalition to fight the armed group, but with Western and Middle Eastern allies hesitant on the specifics, it risks finding itself out on a limb.

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President Barack Obama this week unveiled a rough

plan to combat Islamic State group fighters simultaneously in Iraq and Syria, thrusting the US directly into two different wars in which nearly every country in the region has a stake.

The broad concept of a coalition has been accepted in Western capitals and on Thursday 10 Arab states, including regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar, signed up to a “co-ordinated military campaign”.

“I’m comfortable that this will be a broad-based coalition with Arab nations, European nations, the United States, others,” Kerry said in the Turkish capital Ankara on Friday.

But he added it was “premature” to set out what tasks individual coalition partners would shoulder.

Iran ruled Out: 

US officials have said the coalition will be broad. However, when asked on Friday, Kerry ruled out Iranian involvement as inappropriate due to its support for the regime of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.

He said there were “any number of reasons” why Iran should not join a Paris conference on Monday to discuss coalition strategy.

Iran has never offered to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria, describing it as “shrouded in serious ambiguities”. It has sent soldiers to Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government to combat Islamic State fighters there.

“No one has called me and asked me with respect to the presence of Iran, but I think under the circumstances, at this moment in time, it would not be right for any number of reasons. It would not be appropriate, given the many other issues that are on the table with respect to their engagement in Syria and elsewhere,” Kerry said.

The US on Friday said that it was at war with Islamic State, a day after Obama’s statement that strikes against the group were to extend into Syria.

The comments by Pentagon and White House officials on Friday came as the US president was pressed to clear up doubts about how he saw the conflict with the group, also known as ISIL.

“The United States is at war with ISIL in the same way that we are at war with al-Qaeda,” Josh Earnest, a spokesman for the White House, said.

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EGYPT: ‘ Arab-League Appeals to Confront Islamic State ‘

#AceWorldNews – EYGPT (Cairo) – September 07 – The secretary-general of the Arab League has appealed to Arab countries to find the political will to confront Islamic State insurgents and other militant groups, describing them as an existential threat. 

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Nabil Elaraby said Sunday the unprecedented challenges facing Arab countries, including the Islamic State group holding territory in Iraq and Syria, chaos in Libya and turmoil in other part of the regions, has tested the 22-member regional group.

He said the group often disagrees over what to do or uses the pretext of non-interference to avoid accusation of meddling in each other’s affairs, while saying some wouldn’t refuse a Western intervention.


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LIBYA: ‘ Tunisia and Egypt’s Airports Cancel All Flights to Libya ‘

#AceWorldNews – LIBYA (Tripoli) – August 21 – Tunisia and Egypt’s Cairo airport cancelled all flights to Libya on Thursday, Reuters said.

Tunisian aviation officials gave no explanation, while Cairo airport authorities had cancelled flights to and from the neighbouring country for security reasons, according to Libyan news agency LANA.

The Libyan government said on Monday that unidentified war planes had attacked the positions of armed groups in Tripoli fighting with a rival faction.


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GAZA CITY: ' Israel and Palestinians Begin Five-Day Cease-Fire Though Reports Announced Israel Launched Air-Strikes in Response to Rocket Fire From Gaza '

#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY -August 14 – Israel and the Palestinians have begun a fresh five-day ceasefire in Gaza, agreed at the end of a three-day truce BBC in the Middle Eastern correspondent reported.

‘ Peace in Gaza for 5 Days’ ​

As the ceasefire was announced, Israel launched air strikes in response to alleged rocket fire from Gaza.

There were no more reports of violence overnight, and the two sides were expected to continue indirect talks mediated by Egypt in Cairo.

The Israelis launched a military operation in Gaza on 8 July to stop militant attacks from Gaza.

‘Forbiddingly difficult’

Hamas, which controls Gaza and is involved in the Cairo talks, has denied its members launched rockets at Israel on Wednesday night.

Israeli military spokesman Peter Lerner said on Twitter: "No need to jump to conclusions. I don’t know who launched 10pm (19:00GMT) rocket at Israel."

There was no immediate report of casualties from either side.


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GAZA CITY: Protective Edge Day 33 ‘ Threats and Counter Threats With Egyptian Mediator’s Threatening to Leave Talks ‘

#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – August 10 – The head of the Palestinian delegation, Azzam Ahmed, said that unless Israel agrees to return to Egyptian-mediated negotiations to end the war in Gaza without pre-conditions, the delegation will leave Cairo.

Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, August 10, 2014. Photo by AP

Israel has said it will not take part in the talks while violence is ongoing.

Palestinians factions in Cairo refused to extend a 72-hour ceasefire that expired on Friday, saying Israel had refused to accept demands including an end to the blockade of Gaza and the opening of a seaport.

Israel has struck more than 25 targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday and some 60 the day before Haaretz reported.

Meanwhile, rocket fire from Gaza toward Israeli communities persisted.

Sunday’s Live Events:

11:28 A.M. A 14-year-old boy was killed and three were wounded in an Israeli air strike in Dir al-Balah, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Earlier three Palestinians were killed in separate attacks in the Strip. The latest incidents raise the Palestinian death toll in the Israeli operation in Gaza to 1,917. According to Palestinian officials, 9,878 have been wounded.

11:15 A.M. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells ministers during a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that the Gaza operation "will continue and will take time."

"Hamas won’t wear us down, and we will not negotiate under fire," he adds.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman tells the cabinet: "Hamas must be defeated."

"We [must] clean up the area and leave as fast as possible. If only someone would have listened to me on day one, we would have been done already."

(Barak Ravid)

10:53 A.M. The Israel Air Force has struck 25 Gaza targets since midnight. (Gili Cohen)

10:49 A.M. Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar said during the cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that Israel must "break the Hamas’ military force in Gaza. This was true before and it is true now, residents of the Gaza envelope must be able to return safely to their homes." (Barak Ravid)

10:31 A.M. Prosecutors in Be’er Sheva are to press charges against six Palestinians affiliated with Hamas and the Islamic Jihad for their involvement in rocket fire on Israel and the digging of tunnels from Gaza. The six were arrested after Israel’s Operation Protective Edge was launched on July 8. (Shirley Seidler)

9:39 A.M. Four mortar shells explode in Eshol Regional Council. (Shirley Seidler)

8:44 A.M. Palestinian negotiator Bassam Salhi, who represents a small PLO faction, says his team met late Saturday with Egyptian mediators.

In the meeting, the Palestinians were told that Egypt is in touch with Israeli officials and hopes to make progress, Salhi said.

"We told the Egyptians that if the Israelis are not coming and if there is no significant development, we are leaving today," he says. (AP)

6:31 A.M. Two rockets exploded in open field in Eshkol Regional Council. (Haaretz)

6:14 A.M. Rocket sirens sound in Israeli town near Gaza border. (Haaretz)

4:05 A.M. Latest rocket siren was a false alarm. (Israel Radio)

3:35 A.M. Rocket sirens sound in two Israeli towns by Gaza border. (Haaretz)

2:43 A.M. About 500 demonstrators in New York have turned out to protest Israeli actions against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

They met near Columbus Circle and marched to United Nations headquarters Saturday, chanting: "Free, free Palestine! Occupation is a crime!"

Zouleikha Ban says she was born in Algeria, but protesters feel they are all Palestinians because she says "there is no justice" in Gaza.

Protest organizers called for an end to U.S. aid to Israel.

A social media movement aimed at uniting Jews and Arabs planned a silent protest and candlelight vigil in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near UN headquarters later Saturday.

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian supporters demonstrated in front of a midtown Manhattan office building on Aug. 1 after a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire broke down in Gaza. (AP)

12:05 A.M. Palestinian negotiators will leave Cairo on Sunday unless Israel agrees to return to Egyptian-mediated negotiations to end the war in Gaza without setting conditions, the head of the delegation Azzam Ahmed said.

"Tomorrow we have a meeting with the Egyptian leadership in the morning and on the basis of that we will decide our future plan," Ahmed told Al Arabiya television.

"We will leave Cairo tomorrow if it is confirmed to us that they will not return except with conditions."

Israel has said it will not take part in truce talks while violence is ongoing. Palestinians factions in Cairo for the negotiations refused to extend a 72-hour ceasefire that expired on Friday, saying Israel had refused to accept demands including an end to the blockade of Gaza and the opening of a seaport. (Reuters)

11:09 P.M. Israel Air Force struck a vehicle in Rafah carrying three Hamas militants. Approximately an hour earlier, the IDF targeted another Hamas member. More than 60 targets were hit in the Gaza Strip in past 24 hours. (Gili Cohen)


#cairo, #egyptian, #gaza-city, #idf, #israel, #palestine

‘ Egyptian Police Officer Killed in Explosion Near Presidential Palace in Heliopolis ‘

#AceWorldNews – EGYPT (Cairo) – June 30 – An Egyptian police officer was killed in a small explosion near the presidential palace in Cairo’s Heliopolis district on Monday, the Interior Ministry said.

Several others were wounded at a street intersection near the presidential palace, Reuters reported.

Security forces were defusing one makeshift bomb when a second device exploded.


#cairo, #egypt, #egyptian, #heliopolis

' Ex-General of the Army Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi and Now President of Egypt Will Not Interfere with Court Ruling over Prison Sentences of Seven Years for Al-Jazeera Journalists '

#AceWorldNews – EGYPT(Cairo) – June 24 – Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said on Tuesday that he will not interfere in court rulings.

​The previous day, three Al-Jazeera journalists were sentenced to seven years in prison in a verdict that prompted an international outcry.

​The president has the right to issue a pardon or commute the sentences.

“We will not interfere in judicial matters because the Egyptian judiciary is an independent and exalted judiciary,” AP quoted el-Sissi as saying at a military graduation ceremony.


#cairo, #egypt, #egyptian-army-chief-field-marshal-abdel-fattah-al-sisi

' Egyptian Court Sentences Three Al-Jazeera Journalists to Seven Years Each in Prison '

#AceNewsServices – EGYPT (Cairo) – June 23 – Egyptian court on Monday sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to 7 years each in prison, AP reported.

​The journalists for Al-Jazeera English, Australian ex-BBC reporter Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian ex-CNN journalist Mohamed Fahmy and local producer Baher Mohamed were seized in December 2013 from their Cairo hotel rooms.

​( Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed)

Other Al Jazeera journalists who were tried in absentia, including Sue Turton and Dominic Kane, were sentenced to 10 years.


Al Jazeera has strenuously rejected the charges against its journalists and maintains their innocence.

​(Arrested in December in Cairo)

Greste, Fahmy, and Mohamed were arrested in December in Cairo as they covered the aftermath of the army’s removal of Mohamed Morsi from the presidency in July.

​(Court Says Journalists Produced False News Reports)

The prosecution said Greste, Al Jazeera’s East Africa correspondent, and his Egypt bureau colleagues aided the Brotherhood and produced false news reports of the situation in Egypt.

The Brotherhood, which supported Morsi, was listed as a "terrorist" organisation by the interim Egyptian government shortly before the accused were arrested.

The prosecution produced a number of items as evidence including a BBC podcast, a news report made while none of the accused were in Egypt, a pop video by the Australian singer Gotye, and several recordings on non-Egyptian issues.


The defence maintained that the journalists were wrongly arrested and that the prosecution had failed to prove any of the charges

​Peter Greste reporting for al-Jazeera. Photograph: al-Jazeera

(Guardian) 19 February 2014 – Patrick Kingsley (Cairo) – They are among 20 people accused of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to tarnish Egypt’s international reputation, the Guardian said. Al-Jazeera describes the charges as absurd.
Three al-Jazeera English journalists seized last December from their Cairo hotel rooms are due to appear in court on Thursday for the first time since their arrest on December 29 after spending the past fortnight locked up next-door to Egypt’s former prime minister and a few cells away from the leader of Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Australian ex-BBC reporter Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian ex-CNN journalist Mohamed Fahmy and local producer Baher Mohamed are among 20 people accused of conspiring with the Brotherhood to tarnish Egypt’s international reputation.

Egyptian authorities have presented the Brotherhood a terrorist group since Morsi’s overthrow last July and condemned journalists who give its members a voice.



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