(CAIRO, Egypt.) The Egyptian elections are an attempt by Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to “legitimise a violent dictatorial regime”, head of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council Maha Azzam has said: As polling booths across the country open on Monday, Al-Sisi is widely expected to secure victory with fear rather than policies #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Mar.23: Leader of the Ghad party, Moussa Mustafa Moussa, is Al-Sisi’s only contender after the opposition candidates Sami Anan, Anwar Sadat and Ahmed Shafiq were bullied out of the race: Former prime minister Shafiq has now publically endorsed Al-Sisi for president #AceNewsDesk reports

Billboards of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are seen in Cairo, Egypt [Mohammed Bendari/Apaimages]

March 23, 2018 at 12:14 pm

Moussa’s candidacy has been widely criticised as a token presidency bid to give the appearance of a democratic contest as he has endorsed Al-Sisi for a second term, both prior to his bid and after: Days ahead of the elections, Al-Sisi himself said that he wishes there were ten candidates standing against him but that Egyptians are not ready for democracy. He has also asked the Egyptian people for $2 trillion to help rebuild Egypt.

Earlier this week Egyptian MP Mostafa Bakry offered to cut off his head if Al-Sisi asked him to do so. Speaking at a mass conference Bakry called on Egyptians to participate in the elections scheduled for next week.

Al-Sisi won the elections in 2014 with 97 per cent of the vote but voter turnout was low. There is fear among ruling authorities that this year will be no different, which will undermine the legitimacy of the government. In an attempt to counter this, says Azzam, a state propaganda campaign is in “full swing”:

“[This has] involved a great deal of fear-mongering, intimidation and vicious character assassination of anyone who questions the legitimacy of the single candidate election as unpatriotic and a threat to the integrity and stability of the State.”

Sisi announces date for presidential elections - Cartoon [Alaraby.co.uk]

Sisi announces date for presidential elections – Cartoon [Alaraby.co.uk]

On Wednesday a Human Rights Watch official said that an intensified crackdown in Egypt is paving the way for Sisi’s long-term rule. The government has barred journalists from conducting polls asking who they are planning to vote for, arrested several reporters and blocked a number of news websites.

A lawsuit has been filed demanding BBC reporter Orla Guerin is expelled from Egypt and for a boycott of the network until it issues a formal apology over a report published at the end of February which interviewed the families of torture victims and the forcibly disappeared.

Egypt is already considered the third worst jailer of journalists worldwide. Since 2015, death penalty sentences have increased as have the number of civilians being tried in military courts.

Fourteen international and regional rights organisations have declared that Al-Sisi has stifled basic freedoms, says Azzam. “For the sake of upholding at the very least some semblance of respect for democratic values and human rights the international community must speak out openly against the abuse of power by the current military regime in Egypt.”

A coalition of Egyptian opposition groups have called to boycott the elections which they describe as “an absurdity bordering on madness”.

#Egypt elections attempt to ‘legitimise dictatorial regime’, says ERChttps://t.co/F3kayj3ZCL— Middle East Monitor March 23, 2018: The militarization of the state

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‘ Islamic State release video showing Croatian hostage asking for Muslim women in Egypt’s jails be released or they will kill him ‘

#AceNewsReport – Aug.06: Islamic State’s Egyptian affiliate has allegedly released a video showing a Croatian hostage who said the group would kill him in 48 hours if Muslim women being held in jails in Egypt are not released, Reuters reports.

The man was identified as 30 year-old Tomislav Salopek who was working for the French company CGG before he was abducted.

The Croatian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it “is doing everything possible to resolve this difficult situation,” adding they could not provide any further information.

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EGYPT: ‘ Egyptians including Soldiers Killed in Islamic Attack on Sinai Checkpoints ‘

#AceNewsReport – EGYPT:July.01: At least 50 Egyptians, including soldiers, were killed after an Islamic State affiliate launched simultaneous attacks on army checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula, officials said. It comes two days after Egypt’s top prosecutor was assassinated.

The identities of those killed were not immediately clear, Reuters reported. Sources earlier said there were soldiers among the dead. The army also said that troops have been killed.

The assaults took place just south of the town of Sheikh Zuweid and targeted at least six military checkpoints, officials told AP. Two of the checkpoints were completely destroyed.

The militants took soldiers captive and seized weapons and several armored vehicles, the officials added, stating that the attackers used mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir, put the number of killed soldiers at 10, and said that fighting was still under way between armed forces and militants.

Samir’s statement, posted on his official Facebook page, said that about 70 militants attacked five checkpoints in northern Sinai, and that Egyptian troops killed 22 of them. He said soldiers destroyed three all-terrain vehicles fitted with anti-aircraft guns.

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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.

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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.

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#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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EGYPT: THIRTY PEOPLE KILLED IN CRASH INVOLVING THREE MINI-BUSES – REPORTS’

#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.

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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.

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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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EGYPT: ‘ Ansar al-Bayt al-Maqdi’s Terrorist Organisation Seek Support of North Sinai Residents’

#AceWorldNews – EGYPT (Cairo) – September 07 – Egypt news reported that Ansar al-Bayt al-Maqdis, a group labelled as a terrorist organization by Egypt and the US, distributed a pamphlet to residents of Rafah and Sheikh Zuwaid, North Sinai seeking their support against the military.

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According to security sources and eyewitnesses, the group has lost a great deal of its balance after being pounded by military and police operations and the anger of Sinai tribes after nine youth were killed by the group over alleged cooperation with Israel and the security forces.

 

“We want to answer your concerns. You might be asking who we are. We are your sons of the Mujahideen of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, men of this country, grey-haired and young. We might be your neighbours or your relatives, but we are preoccupied with this nation. We want its goodness and we reject humiliation, slavery, or to be ruled by other than God’s law,” the statement read. “Be with us in order to implement God’s religion. We are not more courageous and bestowing than you are.  But the nation needs more of you and if you are not with us, do not be with our enemies.” 

 

Tribal sources in North Sinai confirmed that this statement is not the first of its kind in the region, but it is the first in Rafah and Sheikh Zuwaid and the first time elements of the group distribute a statement publicly to citizens. 

 

Security sources said that the group is losing ground and is trying to come back through a popular cover, pointing out that a state of anger prevails in Arish, Rafah and Sheikh Zuwaid because of the practices of the group.

 

The sources added that police receive daily tips by citizens about roadside bombs planted by the group.

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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 Time 13.10 GMT and Result of Cease-Fire Everyone Denying They Broke IT '

#AceWorldNews – Latest on 5 Hour – Ceasefire – Thursday, July 17 – Updates

`Iron Dome In Action ‘

11:22 GMT:
11:11 GMT:

The Israeli security cabinet has agreed to a truce with Palestinian militant movement Hamas after discussions in Egypt. There was no immediate confirmation from Hamas or affiliated groups that they would support a ceasefire.

10:09 GMT:

Three mortar shells have been fired from Gaza after Israeli authorities and Hamas agreed to a humanitarian ceasefire, said Israel’s military. Earlier, Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that two rockets from Gaza fell on the territory of southern Israel two hours after the truce began. The rockets caused no injuries or damages, he added.

08:01 GMT:

Israeli tank fire has struck a house in Southern Gaza minutes before Israeli officials and Hamas agreed on a humanitarian ceasefire Thursday morning, reported medics. The attack killed three Gaza residents and seriously injured four other people, according to Emergency Services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra.

00:47 GMT:

UN confirms receiving confirmation of a 5-hour “humanitarian pause” of the Israeli assault on Gaza.

United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process“received confirmation from the Government of Israel that a humanitarian pause will commence today, 17 July, at 10:00 a.m., for the duration of 5 hours,” the statement said, urging Hamas to respect this decision.

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Protective Edge: ‘ Ceasefire What Ceasefire as Both Sides Continue Bombing Each Other and Innocent’s Die ‘

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY – July 16 – Latest – Updates

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Israel’s security cabinet convened at 9 P.M. on Tuesday, 12 hours after accepting an Egyptian cease-fire proposal.  Several Hamas officials rejected the proposal, but sources said that Hamas was holding talks with Egypt on the matter and an official statement by the Hamas political leadership is expected later Tuesday.

Hamas fire resumed early Wednesday morning, after a relatively quiet night in Israel’s south. Since the operation began nine days ago, Israel has launched more than 1,825 air strikes in Gaza which killed 202 Palestinians and wounded more than 1,100 people. Gaza hospitals are reporting a dire shortage of medicine and equipment, particularly for trauma injuries.23:20 P.M. Palestinian internal security forces are preventing a group of some 200 Palestinian demonstrators from marching on the settlement of Beit El in support of the people of Gaza. (Amira Hass)10:55 P.M. Rocket falls in open ground outside a settlement in Eshkol. No injuries or damage reported. (Shirley Seidler)

10:48 P.M. The IDF Spokesperson said that the humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza will take place between 10 A.M. and 3 P.M. local time on Thursday. “Any attempt to take advantage of the cease-fire will be retaliated,” he said.

10:39 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Eshkol Regional Council.

10:37 P.M. Mortar shell explodes in an open field outside a town in the Eshkol Regional Council, no one was injured and no damage was caused. Iron Dome intercepted five rockets over Ashdod (Shirly Seidler and Gili Cohen)

9:43 P.M. Iron Dome intercepts three rockets over Kiriyat Malachi. Two rockets explode in an open field in the region.

9:36 P.M. Sirens sound in Ashkelon and Ashdod areas. 

9:27 P.M. Israel agreed to the request of Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, to hold a cease-fire for several hours in order to allow humanitarian aid to Gaza. The UN had appealed to Israel to halt its strikes in Gaza for six hours in order to allow in humanitarian aid. (Gili Cohen)

9:24 P.M. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon: “The IDF’s activity is systematic and its objective is to hit the Hamas in such way that its leaders will notice the level of destruction that we have brought on them and will understand that it was a mistake to attack the State of Israel.”

9:20 P.M. IDF has launched an initial investigation into the incident in which four Palestinian children were killed in an Israeli bombing on Wednesday afternoon on a Gaza beach. Senior IDF officials told Haaretz that based on initial findings, it appears as though the children were killed by an air strike which targeted Hamas militants. The official said that the possibility that there was misinformation or that the strikes missed their target is being investigated. (Amos Harel)

9:17 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Ashdod area. (Gili Cohen)

8:37 P.M. Iron Dome intercepts four rockets over Ashkelon. A rocket exploded at a school in Ashdod, no casualties reported. (Gili Cohen and and Yaniv Kubovich)

8:27 P.M. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Hamas political official Moussa Abu Marzouk on Wednesday in Cairo to discuss an Egyptian initiative that has so far failed to halt more than a week of warfare in Gaza. (Jack Khoury)

8:16 P.M. According to Palestinian witnesses, the four boys that were killed in Gaza were playing on the beach when two bombs, likely coming from the sea, exploded on the ground. After the first bombing, the witnesses said that the boys started running away, but they were hit in the second bombing. (Gili Cohen)

8:17 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Ashdod and Ashkelon areas.

8:13 P.M. The Israel Navy is preparing for the possibility of rocket fire targeting drilling rigs off the Gaza coast during Operation Protective Edge. According to a senior navy official, navy ships active in Israel’s southern waters are currently working under “missile defense” orders.

One of the Israel Navy’s duties throughout the operation has been defending the oil rigs while participating in the attacks on targets in the Gaza Strip (according to navy officials, ships have attacked 14 targets in Gaza), and the elite naval commando unit, Shayetet 13, has been engaged in activities as well. Last week, Shayetet 13 commandoes attacked a long-range rocket launching site set up next to the sea, near Sudanya. According to an army official, this rocket launcher fired missiles at northern Israel, Haifa, Herzliya and Tel Aviv. The operation’s objective, according to the navy, was “to disrupt Hamas’s rocket-fire infrastructure in the area.”

7:54 P.M. Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri said Wednesday in press conference that Hamas feels “alone in the field” with little support from the Arab world.
He said that Hamas will not accept any cease-fire agreement that does not meet the demands the organization had outlined. He called on the international community to intervene in the conflict and on UN chief Ban Ki-moon to denounce the killing of four boys on a Gaza beach earlier Wednesday. (Jack Khoury)

7:30 P.M. Over the last four hours four rockets exploded outside towns in the Eshkol Regional Council; 39 rockets and mortar shells since midnight last night. (Shirly Seidler)

7:18 P.M. Government approves call up of additional 8,000 reserve soldiers.

7:14 P.M. China sends a special envoy, Wu Sike, to mediate in the Israel-Gaza conflict, the South China Morning Post reported.

7:02 P.M. Iron Dome intercepts a rocket over Ashkelon, six other rockets explode in open fields in the area. (Gili Cohen)

6:40 P.M. According to Palestinian sources the number of casualties from Israel’s operation in Gaza reaches 214. (Jack Khoury)

6:39 P.M. IDF says it is probing the reported killing of four Palestinian children on a Gaza beach. (Gili Cohen)

6:38 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Eshkol Regional Council.

6:33 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in Ashkelon area and the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

6:18 P.M. Government holding a telephone vote to approve call up of additional 8,000 reserve soldiers. (Jonathan Lis and Amos Harel)

6:02 P.M. Hamas has officially told Egypt that it rejects an Egyptian-proposed Gaza ceasefire, a spokesman for the Islamist group said on Wednesday.

“The outcome of discussions within the internal institutions of the movement was to reject the proposal and therefore, Hamas informed Egypt last night it apologises for not accepting it,” spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.

Hamas’s armed wing had already spurned the Egyptian plan on Tuesday.

Hamas officials told Haaretz that despite the resistance to accepting a deal due to Egypt’s and Mahmoud Abbas’s handling of the negotiations, Hamas will be willing to discuss any better offer that may come. (Jack Khoury and Reuters)

6:10 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Eshkol Regional Council.

5:37 P.M. Rocket explodes in the Sdot Negev Regional Council. (Shirly Seidler)

5:22 P.M. Iron Dome intercepts two rockets over Netivot. (Shirly Seidler and Gili Cohen)

5:17 P.M. Four Palestinian children were killed on a Gaza beach by a shell fired by an Israeli naval gunboat, Palestinian medical officials said.

The four boys, who were cousins and ages 9 to 11, were killed while playing on a beach off a coastal road west of Gaza City, said Ashraf Al Kedra, a Palestinian doctor. Seven others — adults and children — were wounded in the strike, which Palestinian human rights activist Khaki Au Shamalla came from an Israeli naval vessel operating offshore. (Reuters and AP) 

5:14 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in Netivot and the Sdot Negev Regional Council.

5:08 P.M. Four rockets explode in open fields in the Eshkol Regional Council. Fire breaks out near Ashkelon due to rocket explosion. (Shirli Seidler)

4:50 P.M. Rocket hits a packing house in a kibbutz in the Eshkol Regional Council. No one was hurt but there was serious damage and a fire broke out. (Shirli Seidler)

4:47 P.M. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking before a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Federica Mogherini, says: “Israel accepted the ceasefire, Hamas rejected it. We held our fire for six hours, and during that time Hamas continue to barrage our cities with rockets. Hamas thus shut the door to a diplomatic solution and it therefore bears the sole responsibility for the continuation of the violence. It’s responsible for the civilian deaths, the innocent deaths of Palestinians that it uses as human shields, and it’s responsible for the deaths of Israeli civilians and the terror rocketing of Israeli civilians.”

4:31 P.M. Two rockets explode in open fields in the Sdot Negev Regional Council. (Shirli Seidler)

4:28 P.M. IDF spokesman issues a statement saying that since the morning 60 sites were attacked throughout the Gaza Strip. According to the statement these sites included firing sites, tunnels, centers of terrorist activity and Hamas organizational infrastructure.

4:22 P.M. Facebook removes Hamas military wing’s Hebrew Facebook page, following user complaints. (Haaretz)

4:13 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Benei Shimon Regional Council.

4:02 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in Ashkelon and the Eshkol Regional Council.

3:50 P.M. Four rockets explode in the Eshkol Regional Council. (Shirli Seidler)

 

2:47 P.M. Rocket alerts sound across Gaza-bordering regions; several rockets and mortar shells land in open areas in Eshkol Regional Council. (Haaretz)

 

2:25 P.M. Rocket hits residential yard in Ashkelon, causing major damage. Several people treated for shock, but no injuries reported. (Shirley Seidler)

 

Seven rockets explode in the Dimona region; damage done to structures in unrecognized Bedouin villages in the area.

 

Most of the Bedouin villages in the Negev lack missile alert systems or shelters of any sort. The IDF have conceded that the Bedouin population is underserved in this respect, but stress that they are working to remedy the problem. (Gili Cohen, Shirley Seidler)

 

1:39 P.M. Rocket alerts sound at Dimona, Yeruham, Arad, and Wadi Ara regions (Haaretz)

 

1:25 P.M. Rocket alert sounds across Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gaza-border regions (Haaretz)

 

12:46 P.M. Six rockets hit in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, one within limits of town; Iron Dome intercepts six missiles shot toward Be’er Sheva.

 

11:43 A.M. IDF forces are carrying out artillery fire on the area of Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip. IDF sources say action “an attempt to encourage the population’s evacuation.” Meanwhile, the Palestinian interior ministry in Gaza has called on the Strip’s residents live near the Israeli border not to heed the call made by Israel to evacuate their homes. The warnings and the audio messages broadcast by Israel “are messages aimed at sowing chaos and confusion among the public. There is no place to respond positively to them.’

11:40 A.M. The IDF has served notices of demolition to residents of the houses belonging to the Hamas operatives suspected of the murder of the three Israeli boys kidnapped on June 12. (Gili Cohen)

11:31 A.M. IDF has carried out 75 strikes in the Gaza Strip since midnight, raising the number of IDF strikes since the beginning of the operation to 1,825. (Gili Cohen)

11:02 A.M. Funeral of Dror Khenin, the Israeli civilian who died yesterday from wounds he sustained in a mortar attack near the Gaza border, will be held at 4:30 P.M. today at the Yehud cemetery (Chaim Levinson)

10:20 A.M. Seven rockets and mortar shells land in open areas within Eshkol Regional Council; rocket alerts sounded (Haaretz)

9:42 A.M. Hamas claims responsibility for rocket barrage targeting Tel Aviv area (Gili Cohen)

9:30 A.M. Entire rocket salvo fired at the Tel Aviv metro area intercepted by Iron Dome battery. Several people are being treated for shock, but no injuries have been reported. (Gili Cohen)

9:20 A.M. Rocket alerts sound across the wider Tel Aviv metropolitan area, Ashdod and Coastal Plains regions (Haaretz)

8:51 A.M. Israeli woman lightly wounded by rocket shrapnel, after rocket strikes town on in Be’er Tuvia Regional Council (Shirley Seidler)

8:47 A.M. Iron Dome battery intercepts rocket over Kiryat Malakhi. Four rockets hit open areas in region (Gili Cohen)

8:26 A.M. Sources in the IDF say they are preparing to increase airstrikes on the Gaza neighborhood of Shuja’iyya. The UN’s UNRWA refugee agency has announced that 21 schools will be receiving evacuees. At this hour, no major movement out of the neighborhood is being felt (Jack Khouri, Gili Cohen)

Palestinians sleep at the yard of a UN school in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia early on July 16, 2014, after evacuating their houses near the border with Israel (AFP)

Late on Tuesday night, the IDF used recorded telephone messages and printed fliers and to warn on over 100,000 residents of two Gaza neighborhoods, Zeitoun in the south and Shuja’iyya in the east, to evacuate their homes.

8:02 A.M. Rocket salvo targets Ashdod, Ashkelon areas; alerts sounded. Six rockets intercepted over Ashkelon area; two land in open areas (Haaretz)

7:40 A.M. Rocket alerts sound across Ashkelon area. (Haaretz)

7:38 A.M. The number of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip since the start of Operation Protective edge has risen to 202, the Palestinian health ministry says. (Jack Khouri)

7:10 A.M. The IDF confirms that Israeli aircraft struck the house of top Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahar. In addition, the IDF spokesperson said, the IAF also carried out strikes on 24 other targets within the Strip, among them eight missile launchers and two missile-fabrication sites. (Gili Cohen)

Veteran Hamas strategist Mahmoud Al-Zahar at his house in Gaza City April 29, 2014. (Reuters)

7:25 A.M. Rocket alert sounds in Eshkol Regional Council (Haaretz)

4:00 A.M. The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reports that Israeli air strikes in Gaza targeted several homes belonging to senior Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials early on Wednesday, including Islamic Jihad leader Abdullah al-Harazin, former Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hamad, Hamas lawmaker Ismail al-Ashqar, and senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar. The report cites an eye witness as saying that three IAF missiles were fired on the latter’s home. (Jack Khoury)

2:55 A.M. The Israel Air Force strikes targets in Gaza. (Gili Cohen)

1:40 A.M. The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reports that an Israeli air strike in Rafah has killed two and wounded four.

Palestinian boys stand at site of the el-Zatmah family home which was damaged by an overnight Israeli missile that struck and destroyed a nearby transition center for newly released convicts. July 15, 2014. (AP)

12:40 A.M. The Israeli security cabinet’s meeting over Egypt’s cease-fire proposal concludes. (Barak Ravid)

12:08 A.M. The Israeli man killed in a mortar shell explosion near the Erez Crossing is identified as Dror Khenin, 37, a resident of Beit Aryeh. He worked as a manager in construction and was a volunteer firefighter. He is survived by his wife and three children. (Chaim Levinson)

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‘ Egyptian Cease-Fire Full-Text of Proposal ‘

#AceBreakingNewsISRAEL (Tel Aviv) – July 15 – The full text of the Egyptian cease-fire proposal as follows courtesy of Haaretz News Agency.

1. Owing to Egypt’s historical responsibility, and out of belief in the importance of achieving peace in the region, protecting the lives of innocents, and ending the bloodshed;

Egypt calls upon Israel and all of the Palestinian factions to enact an immediate ceasefire, due to the fact that escalation and mutual violence, and the victims that will result, will not be in the interest of either party as such, during the period of the ceasefire, both sides shall abide by the following:

a. Israel shall cease all hostilities against the Gaza Strip via land, sea, and air, and shall commit to refrain from conducting any ground raids against Gaza and targeting civilians.

b. All Palestinian factions in Gaza shall cease all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel via land, sea, air, and underground, and shall commit to refrain from firing all types of rockets, and from attacks on the borders or targeting civilians.

c. Crossings shall be opened and the passage of persons and goods through border crossings shall be facilitated once the security situation becomes stable on the ground.

d. Other issues, including security issues shall be discussed with the two sides.

2. Method of implementation of the initiative:

a. It has been decided to initiate implementation of the de-escalation agreements at — : — hours (GMT) on — / 7 / 2014, pending the implementation of a full ceasefire within twelve hours of the announcement of the Egyptian initiative and its unconditional acceptance by both sides.

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‘ 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.

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' 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.

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' 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.


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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.


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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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‘ Abdul Al-Sisi is Sworn in as President As a Saviour to Some and Dictator to Others ‘

#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – June 08 – Ex-army chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has been sworn in as Egypt’s new president after a landslide win in May elections.

He said his election was “a democratic, peaceful handover of power” that represented “a historic moment and turning point” for the nation.

Security forces were deployed at key locations around the capital Cairo for the ceremony at the Supreme Constitutional Court.


(Abdul Al-Sisi Saviour of the People)

The retired field marshal overthrew President Mohammed Morsi last July.

He has since been pursuing a crackdown on Mr Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which urged a boycott of the elections.

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  1. BBC News : http://tinyurl.com/p2prj4c

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' Egyptian Court Sentences 10 Supporters of Banned Muslim Brotherhood to Death '

#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – June 07 – An Egyptian court sentenced 10 supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group to death in absentia, Reuters reports.



Those sentenced were convicted on charges including inciting violence and blocking a major thoroughfare north of Cairo during protests after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last July.


All of the defendants have reportedly been in hiding since Morsi’s ouster.

The court, however, postponed sentencing for the movement’s leader and other senior members on trial in the same case, judicial sources told the agency.

Judge Hassan Fareed said the verdict for the 38 remaining defendants would be announced at a hearing on July 5.

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Have Egyptian Treasure Hunters Found Amazing Artifacts

This video was sent to me earlier, I am not sure if it is real or a hoax, what do you think? What is the strange noise? Where is this really? Is it Crimea? Remember this I did on Crimea Pyramids? http://shaunynews.com/2014/04/20/oldest-pyramid-on-earth-found-buried-in-crimea-ukraine/

What do you think?

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