Tag: Egypt

235 Killed In Bombing, Ambush Attack At Mosque In Egypt

At least 235 people were killed and more than 100 others were injured on Friday in a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt. The attack reportedly occurred as prayers were ongoing at a mosque in Al Rawdah in Egypt’s North Sinai province. The Associated Press reports that gunmen, in off-road vehicles, opened…

Egypt Cancels Kushner Meeting After Denial of Aid

Egypt has called off a meeting between presidential adviser (and son-in-law) Jared Kushner and Cairo’s top foreign minister after the U.S. moved to withhold $291 million in aid. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will still meet with the U.S. delegation—led by Kushner—as scheduled, but the decision will have “negative implications,” the foreign ministry said in a…

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, UAE, Yemen Cut Ties With Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen are breaking off diplomatic relations and cutting sea, land, and air ties with Qatar, accusing the fellow Sunni Arab state of backing “terrorist groups aiming to destabilize the region,” as well as “Iranian-backed terrorist groups” active in east Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Qatari diplomats…

Gunmen In Egypt Attack Bus Carrying Coptic Christians, Killing At Least 20

On Friday, a group of at least eight gunmen dressed in military uniforms attacked a bus and pickup truck carrying Coptic Christians traveling to St. Samuel Monastery in Egypt’s Minya province, about 140 miles south of Cairo. At least 20 people were killed in the attack, including children. No group has yet claimed responsibility, but…

Egypt Palm Sunday Church Blasts Kill at Least 38

Two blasts targeting Egyptian churches on Palm Sunday killed at least 38 people and wounded more than 100, according to Health Ministry officials. The first attack hit the St. George Church, packed with worshipers in the Nile Delta town of Tanta, north of the Egyptian capital, killing at least 27 people and wounding 78 others,…

Hosni Mubarak Freed From Detention in Egypt

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was freed from a Cairo military hospital Friday, six years after he was ousted and detained on charges of human-rights abuses during his 30-year rule. The now-88-year-old was transferred to his mansion in a Cairo suburb. “He went home at 8:30 this morning,” said his lawyer. “I don’t have further…

U.S. Limits Devices on Planes From 8 Muslim-Majority Nations

Starting Tuesday morning, electronic devices larger than a smartphone are forbidden from passenger cabins on foreign airlines’ nonstop flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries across the Middle East and Africa. The new Trump administration policy, which took effect at 3 a.m. ET, means passengers traveling from those areas must check…

Egypt: We’ve Found the Plane Wreckage [VIDEO]

The Egyptian military reports it has found debris and personal effects of the passengers who were on board the missing EgyptAir flight. The debris was found about 180 miles off the coast of the city of Alexandria. Authorities are still looking for the plane’s black box. Greek air traffic controllers have also said that the…

EgyptAir Plane ‘Crashed’ With 66 Aboard [VIDEO]

French President François Hollande and Egyptian officials have confirmed that an EgyptAir plane that took off from Paris bound for Cairo late Wednesday night crashed into the Mediterranean. “The information we have gathered—ministers, members of government, and, of course, the Egyptian authorities—confirm, sadly, that it has crashed,” Hollande said early Thursday. “It is lost.” Flight…

Seven Killed, 15 Injured in Sinai Blasts

ISIS claimed respon-sibility for a series of explosions that left at least five Egyptian soldiers, a military officer, and a civilian woman dead Thursday in the Sinai Peninsula, Reuters reports. Several bombs were planted on armored personnel carriers and remotely detonated, security and medical sources said. At least 15 others were injured in the blasts.…

Man Hijacked Egyptair Flight Landed In Chipre [VIDEO]

A bizarre airline hijacking—in which a man claiming to be armed with an explosive belt this morning seized control of an EgyptAir plane carrying 82 passengers and diverted it to Cyprus so he could deliver a love letter to his estranged wife—is over. Officials said all passengers and crew have safely exited the aircraft and…

Firebomb Kills at Least 16 in Cairo [VIDEO]

Egyptian security officials said on Friday at least 16 people were killed and two others wounded after a firebomb was thrown at a Cairo restaurant. One of the officials told Reuters the attacker was allegedly an employee who was fired from the restaurant, which is also a nightclub, in the Agouza district. The club is…

ISIS Magazine: This Was Plane Bomb

Islamic State has released a new issue of its propaganda magazine Dabiq, which includes a photo of a soda can and other components it says made up the bomb which took down a Russian jet in Egypt on October 31. The magazine also carried a claim that two hostages, a Norwegian and a Chinese man,…

Russia: Bomb Brought Down Metrojet [VIDEO]

Russia’s security chief said Tuesday a terrorist act brought down the Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Oct. 31, after revealing traces of explosives were found on board the Airbus A321. Federal Security Service (FSB) Chief Alexander Bortnikov said a homemade bomb equivalent to as much as 2 pounds of TNT exploded…

Russian Airliner Crash Due To “An External Influence” [VIDEO]

The airline that operated the flight that crashed in Egypt on Saturday says the only reasonable explanation for the crash is “an external influence,“ stressing that planes don’t just break apart in midair. – Update: As reported by the Associated Press, Russian aviation agency head Alexander Neradko says the claim by a Metrojet official that…

224 Dead After Russian Plane Crashes In Egypt [VIDEO]

A Russian airliner has crashed in central Sinai with more than 200 people on board, the office of Egypt’s prime minister has confirmed. The Airbus A-321 had just left the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, bound for the Russian city of St Petersburg.

Egypt’s Ex-President Mohamed Morsi Sentenced To Death [VIDEO]

The United States is “deeply concerned” about an Egyptian court decision to seek the death penalty for former President Mohamed Morsi, a State Department official said on Sunday. The U.S. criticism follows condemnations from Amnesty International and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan after the court ruling on Saturday against the deposed president and 106 supporters of…

Egypt Sentences Former President Morsi To 20 Years [VIDEO]

Former Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi may have ducked a death penalty through acquittal on charges of killing protesters, but the Muslim Brotherhood member was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday on other charges related to his stint in power. An Egyptian court found him and 12 others guilty of “demonstrating power and violence” and…

Egypt Bombs ISIS in Libya After VIDEO

Egypt bombed Islamic State targets in Libya, just hours after a video released by the group showed the purported beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians, according to a military statement on state television Monday. The military said the early morning airstrikes hit camps, training sites and weapons depots. The military said the strikes were “to avenge…

At Least 22 Dead in Cairo Football Riot [VIDEO]

At least 22 people were killed on Sunday night when supporters of a local football team clashed with Cairo police before a Premier League Match, al Arabiya reported. The clashes occurred when Ultra White Knights boosters attempted to enter the stadium without buying tickets. It was the deadliest incident of sports stadium violence since riots…

Hosni Mubarak acquitted of 2011 killing of protesters

An Egyptian court has thrown out a case against former President Hosni Mubarak for conspiring to murder protesters during the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Charges against his sons and some of his senior officials, including the former interior minister, were also dropped. Mubarak, 86, will return to the military hospital where he is being held on…

Egypt proposes ceasefire between Israel, Hamas

Egypt unveiled a ceasefire plan to end the heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, which has left at least 185 people dead. Hamas’ top leader in Gaza confirmed there was “diplomatic movement,” while Israel’s policy-making Security Cabinet was set to discuss the proposal early Tuesday. Photo: Palestinians drive past a…

Egypt’s president wishes journalists weren’t tried

Egypt President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said the sentences handed down to three Al Jazeera journalists had a “very negative” impact on the country’s reputation and he wished they were never put on trial. However, in his comments to editors of Egyptian media outlets, el-Sissi stopped short of saying whether he will issue a clemency. Photo: This…

Egypt Sends 3 Al Jazeera Journalists To Jail

Three al-Jazeera journalists accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood have been sentenced to seven years in jail in Egypt. A court in Cairo convicted Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed of spreading false news and supporting the banned Islamist group. The trio had denied the charges. Three other foreign journalists tried in absentia received…

SARS-Like MERS Virus Spreads to New Countries

Cases of the MERS Coronavirus have significantly increased in the last few months, and in recent weeks there have been reports of the virus in new countries including Egypt, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia, leaving officials struggling to figure out why infections have increased. The MERS Coronavirus, which stands for Middle Eastern Respiratory Coronavirus, was…

Egypt Judge Sentence 683 Muslin-Brotherhood To Death

A judge in Egypt has sentenced 683 people – including Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie – to death in a mass trial, lawyers say. The defendants faced charges over an attack on a police station in Minya in 2013 in which a policeman was killed. The judge also reversed 492 death sentences out of 529…

Egypt sentences 529 members of Muslim Brotherhood to death

An Egyptian court sentenced to death 529 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood on Monday on a variety of charges, including murdering a police officer and attacking police, according to reports published this morning. Among the accused are several leaders of deposed President Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, among them spiritual leader Mohammed Badie. It represents…

Al-Jazeera journalists to go on trial in Egypt

Twenty journalists, including four foreigners, are to go on trial in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. They face charges including aiding a terrorist organisation – as the Muslim Brotherhood was designated in December – and endangering national security. Eight defendants are in custody, among them al-Jazeera’s Egyptian-Canadian bureau chief Mohamed Adel Fahmy and Australian correspondent Peter…

5 dead, dozens wounded as explosions rock Cairo

At least five people were killed and almost 100 more wounded after several explosions rocked Cairo on Friday morning, Egypt’s Ministry of Health said. Shortly after sunrise, a vehicle attempting to gain entrance to police headquarters in the Egyptian capital exploded, killing four and wounding 76, officials said. Photo: Damage outside the Islamic museum after…