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Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Last Night’s Talk Shows: Kamel in Gaza, GERD and covid top talk shows

The nation’s airwaves last night were awash in coverage of intelligence chief Abbas Kamel’s meeting with Hamas leader Yehya Sinwar in Gaza yesterday: Kamel’s visit — the first by an Egyptian intelligence chief to the enclave since the early 2000s — concluded with positive statements coming from the Hamas leader that suggests a prisoner swap between the two sides may be in the works. We have more on the story in this morning’s news well, above. Kelma Akhira (watch, runtime: 8:07), El Hekaya (watch, runtime: 24:44) and Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 46:55) all had coverage.

Tensions over GERD were also on the agenda of the nation’s talking heads, after Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed yesterday announced plans to build more than 100 small dams on the Nile. Veteran diplomat Amr Moussa, who joined Amr Adib on El Hekaya last night (watch, runtime: 7:04), claimed that the GERD is just a small part of a wider project by Ethiopia to build four major dams on the Blue Nile, which are currently under construction (watch, runtime: 4:48). Egypt and Sudan could maximize the flow of the Nile by either finalizing the Jonglei Canal project, which was never completed as it was suspended in the 1980s due to civil war in Sudan, or by avoiding use of flood irrigation — the traditional method of irrigating crops in Egypt — and turning to water-saving methods, he said (watch, runtime: 2:16). Ala Mas’ouleety also had GERD coverage (watch, runtime: 9:25 | 1:30).

There was still time for covid: All the nation’s talking heads covered the Health Ministry’s webinar on its updated treatment protocol for covid-19. Now in its fifth iteration, it employs lower doses of antiplatelet medication and immunosuppressive drugs such as cortisone and antibiotics, excessive doses of which can factor into susceptibility to mucormycosis or the “black fungus” infection, the ministry said. El Hekaya (watch, runtime: 3:27), Kelma Akhira (watch, runtime: 1:51), Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 6:14) and Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 3:06) all recapped the meeting with reporters.

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