Tag: Egypt

EgyptAir hijacker’s ‘suicide belt’ a fake, say Cyprus officials

With the hijack over, seemingly without anyone hurt, and the man responsible in the custody of Cypriot police, here’s a final run-through of what we know:   A man claiming to be wearing a suicide belt hijacked an EgyptAir flight from Alexandria to Cairo, forcing the pilot to divert to Larnaca in Cyprus, where he […]

Egypt forces 32 judges who opposed removal of Morsi to retire

Egypt’s Supreme Judicial Council has forced 32 judges into retirement for having opposed the army’s removal of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.   Morsi was deposed by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who went on to become president, and since then the authorities have cracked down on all forms of dissent, including secularists and […]

Israeli Ambassador: Egypt won’t be our enemy

Israel’s Ambassador to Egypt, Haim Koren, on Thursday addressed the recent goings on in Egypt, where a parliamentarian was sacked from the legislature after meeting Koren last week.   Speaking to BBC Arabic, Koren said the incident would not affect Israel-Egypt relations.   “The move is contrary to the relations between the two countries,but this […]

Isis in Egypt: Daesh claims it caused bomb blast near pyramids as death-toll climbs to nine

The offshoot of Islamic State in Egypt has claimed responsibility for a bomb blast in a Cairo suburb near the pyramids at Giza, as the death toll from the explosion climbs to nine.   IS (Isis/Daesh) issued a statement on social media in its usual format claiming the attack. Security sources have told Reuters news […]

Putin: Russia to Build Nuclear Plant in Egypt

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia is planning to build a nuclear power plant in Egypt, the Turkish Anadolu agency reports.   Speaking at a joint press conference in Moscow with visiting Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, Putin said that Russia and Egypt have agreed to take steps to bolster bilateral economic cooperation. […]

Gaza families call on Egypt to save abducted Palestinians

Families of four Gaza Palestinians who were abducted in restive Sinai have called on Egypt to save their kin.   Abdul Kareem, whose nephew Yasser Zanoun was among those abducted, said on Thursday that the 25-year-old Zanoun was “much loved” and urged Egypt to help secure his freedom.   Masked gunmen stopped a bus shortly […]

Senior Hamas delegation to head to Cairo for Israel ceasefire talks: reports

On Sunday, a senior adviser to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Yasin Aktay, said that “Gaza is heading towards a comprehensive agreement on the issue of lifting the blockade and opening the [border] crossings in a long-term ceasefire deal with Israel.”   “The issue was discussed during [Hamas chief] Khaled Meshaal’s visit to Ankara last […]

Israel army says could launch preemptive Sinai strikes

An Israeli official familiar with the situation in Sinai would not address Elcabets’s remarks, but told AFP that “Israel is coordinated with states in the region on matters pertaining to the war on terror and terror groups.”   According to the official, following the attacks on Egyptian forces in Sinai, “Israel agreed to Egypt’s request […]

US to deliver eight F-16 aircraft to Egypt

All eight from this first batch will arrive by Friday, with four more to be delivered later this year.   “The F-16s provide a valuable capability that is needed during these times of regional instability,” the statement quoted senior embassy defence official Major General Charles Hooper as saying.   “Extremists threaten regional security and these […]

Egypt Kills 63 Jihadists in the Sinai

Egypt’s military on Sunday launched airstrikes and ground operations that killed 63 Islamists in North Sinai, security sources said, according to the Reuters news agency.   The Sinai has recently witnessed some of the heaviest fighting between security forces and Islamists since the army ousted President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013. Security […]