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Thursday, 5 August 2021

Anticipating the return of the Russians and remembering the Beirut blast

It was a fairly slow news day on the airwaves. The expected resumption of Russian flights to Hurghada International Airport on 9 August for the first time since the 2015 Metrojet crash in Sinai was in the limelight on most talk shows. Sada El Balad’s Ahmed Moussa confirmed the flight date in a phone-in with Red Sea Governor Amr Hanafy, who said five regular flights will be permitted to run on a weekly basis between Moscow and Egypt’s Red Sea resort towns, (watch, runtime: 12:44). A Russian delegation has finished carrying out health checks in airports and hotels in Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada ahead of the resumption of Russian flights, Hanafy said, confirming that all tourism workers in Egypt are now fully inoculated against covid-19.

The first cruise ship terminal between Saudi Arabia and Egypt came online after the Safaga port received yesterday the first cruise ship from the country, which started sailing late last month from Jeddah to Egypt and Jordan. Hanafy lauded the introduction of the new passenger terminal for cruise vessels between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, suggesting that it could further the two countries’ ambitions to boost tourist receipts.

Also getting some airtime: Memory of the 2020 Beirut explosion: On the first anniversary of the massive blast that rocked the Port of Beirut last year, thousands of citizens marched to the waterfront to demand accountability for the senior officials who many see as responsible for the explosion, which left more than 200 people dead and 4k others injured. Among those who had coverage: Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 3:25) and Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 3:50).

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