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Sunday, 27 September 2020

Egypt in the News on 27 September 2020

Topping coverage of Egypt in the foreign press this morning: Egypt returned the bodies of two Palestinian fisherman to Gaza yesterday after they were allegedly killed at sea by Egyptian naval forces, Associated Press reports, citing a statement by the territory’s Interior Ministry. A third fisherman is receiving treatment in Egypt. Reuters, Haaretz, and the Times of Israel also picked up the story.

Small demos reported in Damietta: Security forces arrested 10 people in Damietta on Friday after small demonstrations broke out, the Associated Press reported. Four more people were said to have been arrested in Luxor on charges of intention to spark riots.

Also getting attention this morning:

  • Egypt’s #MeToo: The success of Egypt’s feminist social media campaign against male violence hinges on it escaping social media to penetrate broader segments of society, NGOs say, according to Reuters.
  • Court upholds controversial anti-Jewish ruling: A 2014 ruling prohibiting the celebration of the birth of Jewish rabbi Abu Hasira in Beheira Governorate has been upheld by the Supreme Administrative Court, BBC Arabic reports.
  • Efforts to reduce water waste: Reuters took a look at the Irrigation Ministry’s scheme to promote drip-irrigation and sprinkler systems among farmers in a bid to combat water waste in agriculture, which farmers say uses 25% less water and improves yield by 20%.

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