A pleasantly quiet night on the airwaves
It was an pleasantly quiet night on the airwaves with both Hona Al Asema and Al Hayah Al Youm off for the evening.
The Tourism Ministry has lifted restrictions on umrah and will be accepting year-round applications, the head of the ministry’s religious tourism committee Hisham Amin told Sherif Amer on Yahdoth fi Masr(watch, runtime: 2:03). The government had previously allowed Egyptians to travel for umrah on only three months of the hijri year, which tend to be in the high season. The decision means to spread out the demand for umrah and potentially force tour operators and organizers to reduce their prices, House Rep. Amr Sedky also said (watch, runtime: 3:11).
A confrontation between Coptic priests and Israeli forces in Jerusalem drew the talking heads’ ire last night. The monks were standing outside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem to protest renovation work that Israel’s Antiquities Authority began carrying out on the St. Michael the Archangel Chapel. The Coptic churches of Egypt and Ethiopia lay claim to the chapel. Masaa DMC and Yahdoth fi Masr both had coverage (watch here, runtime: 2:21 and here, runtime: 6:58).