Contacts between Egyptian and Israeli leadership are always out of media attention as both sides try to keep them as discreet as possible. Due to unpopularity of the Israel in Egypt and vice versa all contacts between leaders are kept in secret. Channel Ten, an Israeli TV station has reported that one of such meetings between the al-Sisi and Netanyahu was held in May 2018.
Giulio Regeni disappeared on Jan. 25, 2016. His body with extensive signs of torture was found nine days later nearby the October 6 city. As Giulio was a beginner political journalist and studied the Egyptian trade unions and protest movement in general suspicions from the very first days arose that he was killed by government forces.
Five militants were killed and five more arrested during the police raid on the Hasm hideout in Obour city. Obour city is one of the Cairo suburbs, located 35 km to the north.
ISIS, more known as ‘Daesh’ in Arabic countries, has announced the death of one of their regional leaders. The message was broadcasted on one of the Telegram-channels reliably associated with the Daesh terror organization.
The true number of those killed and missed after the Rabaa massacres is still unknown. As with many other information in Egypt there is the official bodycount and the opposition bodycount. None of them are true, but by any measurement the series of the violent dispersions of the Mohamed Mosri supporter’s camps were a massacres of the huge scale. Please refer to this article should you wish to dive deeper in this topic.
Egypt is concerned about the temporarily halting of oil shipments through narrow and strategic Bab El-Mandeb strait. Saudi Arabia has implemented it in the wake of Houthi attack on the VLCC in the Red Sea. VLCC sustained a minimal damage, however the danger for the navigation is very high. Egypt reaction was to swiftly condemn the Houthi, a Shiite adversaries of the Saudi regime in the Yemen civil war.
As an aftermath of the turbulent US-ARE relations and overthrowing of the former president in 2013 US has blocked some portion of it’s military aid to Egypt. The sum has reached $195 millions. During the latest visit of Egyptian army delegation to the US the agreement to unblock the aid has been reached.
Do you remember that Abdell Fattah al-Sisi was one of the first presidents that actually supported Trump candidacy and was first who congratulated him when he has won? Sisi met Trump in 2016 and was able to underline that Trump is not in war with the Arabic World. Being elected Donald Trump has not forgotten it and has done much for restoring the US-Egypt cooperation. His adversaries at home have trying to prevent it, but the process is definitely started.
Egyptian army and police forces exchanged fire with terrorist group at the Northern Sinai peninsula. As an outcome of the battle thirteen terrorists were killed. There is no reported losses on the army side.
Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said on Tuesday a change of government would put the economy at risk and shake the confidence of international lenders, rejecting the president’s call for him to stand down amid an economic crisis. President Beji Caid Essebsi this month urged Chahed to step down if the country’s political and economic problems persisted. Since the toppling of autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, nine cabinets have failed to resolve high inflation and unemployment. Turmoil and militant attacks have deterred tourists and investors, eroding living standards.