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Monday, 16 January 2017

Sinai residents threaten to protest over alleged extrajudicial killings

It’s a quiet morning for Egypt in the international press, with chatter trending toward the economy as some outlets pick up wire copy from Reuters and Bloomberg on Finance Minister Amr El Garhy’s press conference yesterday.

Perhaps most notably: Aviation experts are sharply downplaying a suggestion made yesterday that an iPhone or iPad could have brought down EgyptAir flight MS804. Placing smartphones on the dashboard of a plane cockpit is “normal” and could not bring down a plane, the experts told French newspaper Euro1.

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera (yes, yes, we know) is picking up where the Associated Press left off, claiming that residents of North Sinai’s Al Arish are accusing the Interior Ministry of the extrajudicial killing of 10 youth. Security officials say the 10 were terrorists killed in a raid on a militant hideout.

Other stories in the international press included:

  • Maha El Nabawi writes about how independent Egyptian musicians are using social media to grow for The National.
  • Prosecutors have thrown out a case brought against a Muslim mob that allegedly stripped an elderly Coptic woman in Minya last May, saying the case “lacked sufficient evidence,” according to a Fox News pickup of an AP story. The alleged perpetrators are facing other charges related to violence against Christians.
  • Gulf News has caught wind of Mawlana (The Preacher), the film based on Ibrahim Eissa’s 2012 novel of the same title, “which demonises the manipulation of religion for political gain [and] has been making waves in the country.”

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