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Wednesday, 17 August 2022

The Imbaba church fire continues to dominate the conversation on Egypt

The aftermath of the tragic church fire in Imbaba on Sunday is still dominating the conversation on Egypt in the foreign press. The Washington Post and AFP report that many Egyptians have accused ambulances and firefighters of being slow to respond to the situation and voiced anger at the emergency services. Another story from the French news agency covers the memorial service held yesterday for the victims.

Also making headlines:

  • Is rationing electricity in Egypt a long-term solution to our economic woes? Some experts doubt the practicality — and sustainability — of the government’s recent measures to ration electricity use. (Deutsche Welle)
  • A 27-year-old French backpacker who went missing in Egypt for a year has safely returned home to Paris, a family lawyer said. Yann Bourdon’s family had suspected he was detained by Egyptian police, though the student has so far refused to publicly explain what happened to him. Bourdon reportedly “presented himself at the French consulate,” which said it would respect his wishes to not discuss where he had been for the past year. (Associated Press)
  • Judge receives death sentence for killing wife: Egyptian judge Ayman Haggag was sentenced to death yesterday for the murder of his wife, TV Presenter Shaimaa Gamal. (AFP)
  • Amr Hamzawy shifts his views on the state of politics as he returns from six-years of self-imposed exile to participate in the Sisi administration’s ongoing national dialogue. (Haaretz opinion piece)

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