Eliminating terrorism can not be achieved without destroying its infrastructure: Sisi

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Al-Masry Al-Youm


“Resisting the states sponsoring terrorism in all its forms has become obligatory, and the elimination of the threat of terrorism can not be achieved without destroying its infrastructure, whether financial or intellectual,” said President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in a speech on Wednesday evening.

Sisi called on the countries sponsoring terrorism for constructive cooperation to achieve the interests of all people. “Egypt will be triumphant, God willing, over terrorism thanks to the [Egyptian people’s] steadfastness and the sacrifices of the armed forces and police,” Sisi said, warning that Egypt’s national security is a line not to be crossed.

“While the Egyptian government and people are exerting the utmost efforts to fight terrorism militarily, intellectually and politically, other brotherly and non-brotherly countries are backing it through billions of dollars annually,” Sisi mentioned in the speech he delivered on the occasion of Laylat al-Qadr. The president praised Al-Azhar and stressed the need for the renovation of the religious discourse. “There are groups who have been misinterpreting and exploiting religion to achieve political objectives over decades, which spread extremism and seclusion,” he said.

At the end of his speech, Sisi spoke of attempts to undermine the security of Egypt and stressed the importance of securing vital institutions, churches, and mosques.


Source  :  egyptdailynews.com

Egypt’s parliament approves fiscal year 2017/2018 draft general budget

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Al Ahram


Egypt’s House of Representatives approved on Wednesday the draft general budget for the fiscal year 2017 /2018, referring it to the State Council for approval.

The House of Representatives also sent its recommendations regarding the budget, worth 1 trillion and 206 billion Egyptian pounds, to the government. The draft general budget for FY2017/2018 includes the draft economic and social development plan for 2017/2018.

The House of Representatives will hold its next session on the draft general budget on 3 July, after the Eid Al-Fitr holiday. The 2016/2017 general budget totalled 1 trillion and 256 billion pounds.

The parliament also approved the draft budget for the House of Representatives for FY 2017/2018 with EGP 1.3 billion allocated for salaries, compensation, services and merchandise  purchases and non-financial assets purchases.


Source  : egyptdailynews.com

12 killed in air force raid against militants in North Sinai: military spokesperson

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Egypt is currently battling several armed groups concentrated mainly in the Sinai Peninsula

Egypt’s air force struck a unit of the Ansar Beit Al-Maqdi group, killing 12 members of the Islamic State (IS) affiliated group and destroying four vehicles, military spokesperson Tamer Al-Refaei said in a statement Tuesday.

Al-Refaei added in another statement that forces belonging to the third field army arrested two militants in central Sinai and discovered large sums of money in their possession.

Defence Minister Sedki Sobhi praised the national role of the armed forces in confronting terrorism and securing the nations’ borders day and night. During his attendance at a Ramadan breakfast meal (iftar) with a number of military leaders and soldiers, Sobhi honoured the outstanding leaders, officers, and soldiers.

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis group declared its affiliation to the Islamic State (IS) group in 2014 and has since then launched deadly attacks on army and police checkpoints.

Throughout the last two years, the Egyptian armed forces launched counterattacks against militant stationing points across the Sinai Peninsula, where the group is based, particularly in the cities of Sheikh Zuweid, Rafah, and Al-Arish.

Egypt is currently battling several armed groups concentrated mainly in the Sinai Peninsula, since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

A state of emergency in North Sinai was first declared in 2013 by then-interim president Adly Mansour, who came into power following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. It has been extended following this year’s extremist attacks on Coptic churches during Palm Sunday.

All over the country, a state of emergency has been declared last April, when the government approved an emergency state declaration for three months after the approval of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. This came following two separate attacks on churches during Palm Sunday prayers, which killed more than 40 people and injured over 100 others.

Source  :  Daily News Egypt

Egyptian Foreign Ministry follows investigation in death of Egyptian-American girl

The victim was reportedly struck with a metal bat

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The Egyptian embassy in Washington is following updates in the investigation of the kidnapping and alleged killing of an Egyptian-American Muslim girl, Nabra Hassanen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Ahmed Abou Zeid said Tuesday in an official statement.

Abou Zeid explained that the incident happened when someone mocked the victim and four of her friends at a fast food restaurant, after the five friends finished praying at a mosque in the US state of Virginia.

The alleged killer was watching the victim and her friends after they left the restaurant, and then hit the victim with a baseball bat, “repeating racial words against Muslims and Arabs, and he then kidnapped the victim in his car,” the statement added. After that, the police found her remains five kilometres away from the location of the incident.

Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson offered condolences to the family of the victim.

US local media said officers arrested a 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres, after finding Nabra’s body Sunday afternoon. Torres has been charged with murder in connection to the case. On Monday, police said that “the autopsy results show Nabra suffered from blunt force trauma to the upper body.”

Detectives told Nabra’s mother that the teenager was struck with a metal bat, The Washington Post reported.

The number of anti-Muslim incidents in the US jumped 57% in 2016, going 2,213 incidences up from 1,409 in 2015, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said in a report issued in May.


Source  :  dailynewsegypt.com

Egípcio Dar al-Ifta ataca mesquita “liberal” na Alemanha @jeanwyllys_real @depChicoAlencar

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O Dar al-Ifta al-Masriyyah [instituição islâmica estatal egípcia designada para emitir edictos religiosos] divulgou uma declaração na segunda-feira em que severamente criticou uma mesquita recentemente estabelecida em Berlim.

As fotos circulantes da mesquita mostram adoradores masculinos e femininos orando lado a lado – um ato proibido no Islã.

O nome da mesquita, “liberal”, significa significar as intenções dos fundadores de promover ideologia liberal e igualitária nas mesquitas, como permitir que as mulheres liderem orações.

No entanto, como isso não é permitido de acordo com os ensinamentos islâmicos tradicionais, Dar al-Ifta al-Masriyyah disse na afirmação de que a ideologia da mesquita é uma clara violação das regras do Islã.

A declaração concluiu mencionando que tais atos não são formas de combater o extremismo e o terrorismo; Em vez disso, esses atos representam uma violação do islamismo.


Fonte :  Egypt Daily News

Egyptian Dar al-Ifta attacks ‘liberal’ mosque in Germany @jeanwyllys_real

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Al-Masry Al-Youm


The Dar al-Ifta al-Masriyyah [Egyptian state-run Islamic institution assigned to issue religious edicts] released a statement on Monday in which it severely criticized a recently established mosque in Berlin.

Circulating photos of the mosque show male and female worshipers praying side by side– a prohibited act in Islam.

The mosque’s name, ‘Liberal’, is meant to signify the founders’ intentions to promote liberal and egalitarian ideology in mosques, such as allowing women to lead prayers.

However, as this is not allowed according to traditional Islamic teachings, Dar al-Ifta al-Masriyyah said in the statement that the mosque’s ideology is a clear violation of the rules of Islam.

The statement concluded by mentioning that such acts are not ways to combat extremism and terrorism; instead these acts are representing a violation of Islam.


Source :  Egypt Daily News

Egypt’s education ministry says cheaters will face tougher penalties, possible jail terms

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Al Ahram

Egypt’s education ministry has announced new amendments to a law toughening penalties for cheating and other violations during nationwide school exams, following repeated incidents of online leaking of exam answers over the past year. The new amendments, which were ratified by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi last week, are intended to combat all violations during exams and firmly control the examination process across Egyptian schools, according to a statement released by the ministry on Monday.

The new amendments punish with two to seven years in jail and a fine of EGP 100,000 to 200,000 anyone who “prints, publishes, broadcasts or promotes exam questions and answers by any means,” the statement read. The penalties are imposed whether the violation is made before or during the exams with the aim of “cheating and undermining the social order of examinations in or outside exam rooms.”

Students who cheat, attempt to cheat or commit any violation stated in the law will be banned from all exams, according to Reda Hegazy, head of the public education sector, as quoted in the  statement. Students were previously punished only by being barred from the exam in which they were cheating or attempting to cheat. The new sanctions will be imposed only on cases that occurred after El-Sisi’s ratification of the law on 15 June, head of the ministry’s legal affairs department Alaa Eid told Al-Ahram Arabic.

Last year, several thanaweya amaa exams — Egypt’s standardised high school final exams — were leaked online, prompting officials to cancel, void or postpone some exams and to investigate possible leaks from within the education ministry. Several alleged administrators of a number Facebook pages that leaked questions and answers were arrested at the time. The leaks sparked public anger at the government’s perceived inefficiency.

The results of the Thanaweya Amaa exams, taken in the final year of high school, determine students’ college destinations and subject choices. Around 500,000 students sit the tests every year.


Source  :  Egypt Daily News