Second Sinai attack in less than a week leaves 12 dead
Leading the conversation on Egypt in the international press this morning: Five soldiers were killed and two injured after militants attacked a military checkpoint in Sinai, less than a week after a deadly attack east of the Suez Canal took the lives of 11 troops. Seven militants were killed in the encounter, the Armed Forces said in a statement. AFP, Reuters, the Associated Press and the National all covered the news.
Also making headlines:
- Ikhwani mouthpieces in Turkey are facing pressure to zip it as Turkey tries to mend relations with Egypt. (Financial Times)
- Egypt has threatened to drop its role as a mediator with Hamas if Israel assassinates its leader, Yahya Sinwar, warning that such a move will cause a new war to erupt. (Haaretz)
- Egypt’s national dialogue will involve the “largest possible number” of representatives in a bid to boost inclusivity and “define the priorities of the new republic,” the National Training Academy and the dialogue’s organizers have said. (The National)
- Al Ahly and the Egyptian Football Association are protesting the CAF’s decision to host the CAF Champions League final in Morocco, where Moroccan team Wydad could play if it wins its game on Friday, arguing that the final should be hosted in a neutral venue. (Arab News)