Egypt

Egypt

BACKGROUND

Egypt, which became an independent state in 1922, is a country in North Africa bordering Israel to the northeast, Libya to the west, Sudan to the south, the Mediterranean Sea to the north, and the Red Sea to the east. Egypt is a country with one of the longest histories and is famous for its pharaohs, pyramids, the Nile, its Coptic heritage, and the dishes "Mulukhiyah" and "Koshari." In Egypt, Christians are estimated to be around 10%, or 10 million of the approximately 100 million population. 

LATEST NEWS

  • The Health Committee of Egypt’s House of Representatives announced on Wednesday that people who are not wearing face masks in public must pay a fine ranging between LE300-LE4000. These new precautions were included in amendments that were made to the Infectious Diseases Law, and the amendments also addressed new burial procedures for victims of COVID-19.  -Egypt Independent

  • Egypt has sent medical aid to Burundi in order to assist them in combatting COVID-19. Materials sent include medicines, medical supplies and surgical equipment. -Egypt Today

  • Sarah Hegazi, an openly gay woman committed suicide in Canada, three years after her arrest and torture by the Egyptian forces. Hegazi was a LGBT rights advocate who was arrested in 2017 after raising a rainbow flag at a concert in Cairo. -Middle East Eye

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  • According to a video captured by a journalist and military aviation analyst, the Egyptian army has reportedly deployed battle tanks to the border with Libya. Egyptian President al-Sisi announced a plan last Saturday in Cairo to end the civil war in Libya; the initiative was accepted by the head of the Libyan National Army and the chief of Libya’s allied elected parliament. - Defence Blog

  • Cairo’s Islamic religious authority, Dar al-Iftar, caused an uproar on social media for referring to the seizure of Constantinople by the Ottomans as an “occupation.” The statement, which was issued by Dar al-Iftar on Facebook, said: “The Hagia Sophia was built as a church during the Byzantine period in AD537, and it remained for 916 years until the Ottomans occupied Istanbul [Constantinople] in 1453, turning the building into a mosque.” The statement was likely directed towards President Erdogan due to the tensions between Egypt and Turkey. - Al Jazeera

  • The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has declared that Turkey is a threat to the efforts of the international coalition to combat the Islamic State due to its recruitment, training, and transportation of foreign fighters from Syria to Libya. The Egyptian Foreign Minister believes that Turkey’s actions are a clear violation of international law, Security Council resolutions, and the coalition’s goal to eliminate ISIS.  - Al Masda

  • According to a video captured by a journalist and military aviation analyst, the Egyptian army has reportedly deployed battle tanks to the border with Libya. Egyptian President al-Sisi announced a plan last Saturday in Cairo to end the civil war in Libya; the initiative was accepted by the head of the Libyan National Army and the chief of Libya’s allied elected parliament. - Defence Blog

  • Cairo’s Islamic religious authority, Dar al-Iftar, caused an uproar on social media for referring to the seizure of Constantinople by the Ottomans as an “occupation.” The statement, which was issued by Dar al-Iftar on Facebook, said: “The Hagia Sophia was built as a church during the Byzantine period in AD537, and it remained for 916 years until the Ottomans occupied Istanbul [Constantinople] in 1453, turning the building into a mosque.” The statement was likely directed towards President Erdogan due to the tensions between Egypt and Turkey. - Al Jazeera

  • After being closed for two months due to COVID-19, 40 hotels around the Red Sea in Egypt have been allowed to re-open. The Prime Minister has stated that the public beaches will remain closed and privately-owned boats and yachts can be used only if abiding the precautionary measures. - Egypt Today

  • The Interior Ministry in Egypt reported 567 COVID-related violations during the Eid al-Fitr weekend. The Ministry stated that it was closely monitoring the restaurants, cafés etc. to ensure that the curfew schedule was followed. - Egypt Independent