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Monday, 14 June 2021

Russian flights to return in “coming few weeks” – El Enany

It was a relatively quiet night on the nation’s airwaves last night, save for Tourism Minister Khaled El Enany’s extended interview on Ala Mas’ouleety to suggest that we could see direct Russian flights to Red Sea destinations return “in the coming few weeks,” (watch, runtime: 1:49). Plans to resume flights hinge on the all-clear from Russian authorities to lift the six-year flight ban imposed since 2015, as Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi in April. You can watch the minister’s full interview here (runtime: 54:16).

Elsewhere: The talk shows were all over the latest on the treasure trove of historical artifacts which were recently discovered in an apartment in Zamalek. Teams formed by the Justice Ministry have confirmed that almost 2k archaeological pieces were found inside the apartment, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Moustafa Waziri told Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 1:10) last night. The place has been sealed by the Prosecutor’s Office as investigations continue, Waziri said in a phone-in to Kelma Akhira (watch, runtime: 6:41). Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 30:10) and Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 4:41) also had coverage.

The apartment’s owner, Hamad Abdel Fattah, who has lived outside Egypt for many years, has tried to explain the findings, stressing that he belongs to the royal family tree and that he had inherited the artifacts from them, though some pieces were purchased through public auctions, according to Sky News Arabia. However, the collection and possession of all the archaeological materials is unlawful and holders could face tough penalties and jail sentences, Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi said (watch, runtime: 4:30).

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