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14 July 2018 16:49

  The Islamic Jihad Movement on Friday affirmed that its delegation to Cairo received Egyptian pledges to open the Rafah border crossing permanently and take further steps to alleviate the humanitarian suffering of the population in the besieged Gaza Strip. In a press release, Islamic Jihad said that a high-level delegation led by its deputy secretary-general Ziyad al-Nakhalah concluded on Friday a...

5 June 2018 8:59

  The Egyptian authorities on Monday afternoon closed the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip, saying a technical fault was behind its measure. According to the competent authorities in Gaza, the crossing was closed in both directions until further notice due to a technical problem with telecommunication cables on the Egyptian side of the border. Accordingly, all Palestinian passengers have been urged...

18 May 2018 16:04

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made a rare decision to open the Rafah crossing with Gaza for a month, allowing Palestinians to cross during the Holy Month of Ramadan. The decision to keep the crossing open was taken “to alleviate the suffering” of residents in the Palestinian enclave, Sisi said on Facebook late Thursday. The last extended opening lasted three weeks...

14 May 2018 10:32

  A senior Hamas delegation returned to Cairo at nightfall Sunday following a short visit to Cairo. A PIC news correspondent said a Hamas delegation headed by Ismail Haneyya returned to Gaza through the Rafah border-crossing. The delegation also included political bureau members Khalil al-Hayya and Rawhi Mushtaha. The Hamas envoy offered condolences to the family of Jamal Afana, a Palestinian child from...

7 May 2018 15:24

Amnesty International has reported that Egypt keeps political prisoners locked up in “prolonged” and “indefinite” solitary confinement and subjects them to “horrendous physical abuse,” saying such treatment amounts to torture under international law. The London-based rights group released the results of a new research dubbed “Crushing humanity: the abuse of solitary confinement in Egypt’s prisons” on Monday, saying dozens of detained journalists, rights...

23 April 2018 12:03

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned of a looming humanitarian crisis in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula amid an ongoing military operation against Daesh-affiliated militants there, saying the army’s actions in the restive region risk “collective punishment.” According to the New York-based rights group, 420,000 people in North Sinai Province are in urgent need of food, medicine and other essential items. “Severe restrictions on the...

29 March 2018 16:57

  Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been reelected for a second term with 92 percent of the vote, preliminary results showed on Thursday, but turnout of just 40 percent dented his push for popular legitimacy. Some 23 million of the 60 million registered voters turned out during the three days of polling that ended Wednesday, state-owned newspapers Al-Ahram and Akhbar el-Youm,...

27 March 2018 15:30

  Australian academics could help unlock mysteries around ancient Egypt after discovering that a 2,500-year old coffin might contain the remains of a prestigious mummy. The University of Sydney acquired the coffin 150 years ago and a series of academics incorrectly classified it as empty. Their error was only discovered by chance late last year when more recent academics removed the lid to...

26 March 2018 15:24

Egyptians begin voting in a highly-contentious presidential election, with incumbent Abel Fattah el-Sisi almost certain to glide to victory after his military-backed administration either jailed or scared off all serious contenders. Polling stations opened at 0700 GMT on Monday for a three-day vote under tight security measures across the country. Some 60 million people are eligible to vote and official results are...

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