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Egypt: Launches project to fill Gaza border area with water to stop militant activity

Published September 2, 2015 by godshope1971

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egyptian military bulldozers are digging through the sand along Egypt’s border with the Gaza Strip in recent days, pressing ahead with what appears to be a renewed campaign to pressure Gaza’s Hamas rulers and stamp out militant activity along the border.

The project, billed as an Egyptian military-operated fish farm, effectively would fill the border area with water and is designed to put an end to the last remaining cross-border underground smuggling tunnels, Egyptian military officials said. Hamas accuses Egypt of further isolating the beleaguered Palestinian territory.

The new excavations seem to be “a tightening of the grip of siege on Gaza,” Hamas official Mushir al-Masri said. Egypt “should not slide into this cliff that agrees with the Israeli policies of siege.” ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»


Egypt: Supergiant gas field found off Egyptian coast

Published September 1, 2015 by godshope1971

Announcement from Italian energy company says field may hold 30 trillion cubic feet of natural gas; Egypt says parliamentary elections to take place in October.

The Italian energy company Eni SpA announced Sunday it has discovered a “supergiant” natural gas field off Egypt, describing it as the “largest-ever” found in the Mediterranean Sea.

The news came a day after Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi met in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the Egyptian leader’s office said.

Eni said the discovery — made in its Zohr prospect “in the deep waters of Egypt” — could hold a potential 30 trillion cubic feet of gas over an area of 100 square kilometers (38.6 square miles).

The discovery well is 190 kilometers (about 120 miles) from the Egyptian coast, and is at a depth of 1,450 meters ( 4,757 feet) in the Shorouk Block, the company said.

“Zohr is the largest gas discovery ever made in Egypt and in the Mediterranean Sea and could become one of the world’s largest natural gas finds,” Eni said in a statement. “The discovery, after its full development, will be able to ensure satisfying Egypt’s natural gas demand for decades.”

“Eni will immediately appraise the field with the aim of accelerating a fast-track development of the discovery,” the energy company said.

Descalzi was quoted by Eni as saying that the discovery reconfirms that “Egypt still has great potential” energy-wise. He said “important synergies with the existing infrastructures can be exploited, allowing us a fast production startup.”

Eni has been in Egypt since 1954 through its subsidiary IEOC. It is the main hydrocarbon producer in Egypt, with a daily equity production of 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent, the company said.

The find could eventually put Egypt in direct competition with Israel, who controls two massive gas fields off its own coast in the Mediterranean. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»

Egypt: Summons British ambassador in protest at his remarks on your cell Marriott rule

Published September 1, 2015 by godshope1971

It summoned the Egyptian Foreign Ministry Sunday the British ambassador in Cairo John Cason to express strong opposition to what was released from the statements deemed Egyptian foreign “unacceptable interference in the provisions of the Egyptian judiciary,” and “incompatible with the norms of diplomatic and practices to the Ambassador accredited in a foreign country, its main mission closer ties with the receiving State “.

In response to what he said the British ambassador that “the sentences will reduce confidence in the steps taken by Egypt towards achieving stability on the implementation of the rights enshrined in the Egyptian Constitution,” Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman commented that the important thing is the confidence of the Egyptian people in the integrity of spending and independence.

The spokesman, in a press statement Sunday that “Egypt does not wait for one of the lessons.”

The Cairo Criminal Court had ruled Saturday to punish the six accused, including three journalists from Al-Jazeera television, rigorous imprisonment for three years after being convicted of broadcasting false news broadcast and the use of devices without a license. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»

Egypt: Impending Elections

Published September 1, 2015 by godshope1971

It was unclear how the wealth of natural gas could affect Egypt’s long-awaited parliamentary election, due to take place in two phases starting Oct. 18-19, the election commission said on Sunday, the final step of a roadmap to democracy that critics say has been tainted by a crackdown on dissent.

The first phase of voting was due to begin in March but the election was delayed after a court ruled part of an election law unconstitutional.

The second phase of voting will take place on Nov. 22-23, the election commission told a news conference.

Egypt has been without a parliament since June 2012 when a court dissolved the democratically elected main chamber, reversing a major accomplishment of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Then military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who went on to become president, toppled Egypt’s first freely elected president, Islamist Mohamed Mursi, in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.

The army then announced a roadmap to democracy in Egypt, the most populous Arab state and close ally of Western powers.

That announcement was followed by the toughest crackdown on Islamists in Egypt’s history. Security forces killed hundreds at street protests and thousands were arrested.

The government says the election is proof of Egypt’s commitment to democracy. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»

Egypt: Egypt quietly warms relations with Syria in fight against ISIS

Published September 1, 2015 by godshope1971

Egypt is carefully trying to toe the line between the Shi’ite axis of Iran, Syria and Hezbollah and the opposing Sunni forces led by Saudi Arabia.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi may sympathize with fellow Arab strongman Syrian President Bashar Assad since they both face a Sunni Islamist insurgency that includes Islamic State, and both have a common enemy in the Islamist regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which is a backer of the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamists throughout the region. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»

Egypt: Deported Al-Jazeera journalist Verdict a blow for Egyptian press freedom

Published September 1, 2015 by godshope1971

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A decision by an Egyptian court to sentence three Al Jazeera TV journalists to three years in prison was politically motivated and aimed at intimidating the press, one of the three, Australian journalist Peter Greste, said on Saturday.

Greste, 49, was deported from Egypt in February and convicted in absentia by the Cairo court on Saturday for operating without a press license and broadcasting material harmful to Egypt. The case has drawn international condemnation. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»

Egypt: Judicial body in Egypt constantly recommends ban Brotherhood Association

Published August 29, 2015 by godshope1971

Egyptian judicial body recommended, on Thursday evening, with the endorsement decision of the Ministry of Social Solidarity, constantly ban the Muslim Brotherhood Association, according to a judicial source.

The source (who preferred anonymity), in a statement for “Anatolia”, yesterday, said that “the second circle Authority State Commissioners, recommended in the report of the Court of Administrative Justice, to dismiss the case filed by Osman Anani, the legal representative for the Association of Muslim Brotherhood, which calls for a halt implementation of the decision either the Prime Minister or the Minister of Solidarity to dissolve or delete restricted Brotherhood Association number 644 for the year 2013 records of the Ministry of Solidarity. ”

The report was based on the “Muslim Brotherhood Association scoffed at its headquarters Moqattam (east of Cairo) the headquarters of the banned group for the exercise of prohibited activities and represent a threat to national security.”

The report pointed out that “the decision of the Ministry of Social Solidarity dissolve the Assembly was based on security reports harboring Assembly of the elements pose a threat to national security, and that the Assembly funds have been confiscated and disposed of by a decision of the Commission on the problem Brotherhood funds limited to a resolution of the Council of Ministers on a court judgment From Cairo court for urgent matters reservation to the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood and resolve civil their association. ”

The Second Circuit Court of Administrative Justice of the State Council, chaired, has decided to postpone the lawsuit filed by Osman Anani, the legal representative for the Association of Muslim Brotherhood, which demanded a halt to the implementation of the decision of whether the Prime Minister or the Minister of Solidarity to dissolve or delete restricted Brotherhood Association number 644 for the year 2013 of the Ministry of records Solidarity, the session December 13 / December next. ”

Achtsamt suit and the legal representative of the Association of Muslim Brotherhood both the Prime Minister and the Minister of Solidarity Besvtehma those responsible for the implementation of the resolution.

In the thirteenth of August / August of this, both the Commission on inventory and management Brotherhood funds in Egypt (government), they expressed reservations on the funds and property of the 1345 leader of the Muslim Brotherhood since the formation of the Commission in January / December 2014, and so far, including 103 school .

In September / September 2013, Cairo court issued a ruling for urgent matters to “ban the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and any of them branched or affiliated institution and the reservation to all real estate funds, liquid and immovable.”

The Egyptian government was formed in January 2014, a committee to manage the funds, corporations and associations owned for “Brotherhood”, following a “terrorist” organization group considered, under a government decision.

In April / April last, an Egyptian official announced that the Egyptian authorities addressed the six Western states of the reservation of the funds said they were leading in 30 of the Muslim Brotherhood living in those countries ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»

Egypt: Egyptian security building in Cairo rocked by bomb blast

Published August 21, 2015 by godshope1971

A powerful car bomb has exploded outside a state security building in northern Cairo, Egyptian security officials say.

The blast, which was felt across large parts of the Egyptian capital, injured 29 people, six of them police.

The explosion happened in the early hours of Thursday morning. There were no reports of any deaths. ∞∞∞∞∞ CLICK HERE FOR MORE »»»»

Egypt: Source Delegation heads to Egypt to discuss long-term truce between Hamas and Israel

Published August 18, 2015 by godshope1971

A senior Hamas delegation is preparing to head to Egypt for talks on a possible long-term truce between the Islamist movement and Israel, sources in the Gaza Strip revealed on Sunday.

The sources said that the delegation, which would be headed by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, is also expected to visit Qatar and Turkey. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»