El-Sisi pardons 82 jailed ‘youths’

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. (AP)
Updated 17 November 2016
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El-Sisi pardons 82 jailed ‘youths’

CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Thursday pardoned 82 “youths” including a prominent advocate of Islamic reform, following calls to free prisoners swept up in a crackdown, his spokesman said.
El-Sissi, a former army chief who won elections after toppling his predecessor Muhammad Mursi in 2013, had promised to look into pardoning prisoners at a youths’ conference last month.
The pardoned include Islam Al-Behairy, a television show host and Islamic reform advocate sentenced to a year in prison for criticizing canonical religious works, presidency spokesman Alaa Youssef told AFP.
Nashwa el-Hofy, a member of a panel that recommended prisoners for the pardons, said the focus was on “university youths.”
“We focused on those who have a final ruling against them,” she said.
El-Sisi has also pledged that the government would look into revising a protest law that bans all but police sanctioned demonstrations.


Thousands in Egypt attacked by stray dogs: Ministry

In this Feb. 3, 2015 file photo, stray dogs rest in front of the Pyramids of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. (AP)
Updated 17 June 2019
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Thousands in Egypt attacked by stray dogs: Ministry

  • Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad has said the ministry is ready to address the crisis of stray dogs

CAIRO: There have been 6,241 cases of people being hospitalized after being attacked by stray dogs in Egypt’s Menoufia governorate during the past four months, the Ministry of Health and Population said in a report.
Ahmed Kamel, one of those injured, said the dogs are everywhere, but no action has been taken by the authorities despite complaints from residents.
“We fear street dogs for our children. They’re attacking us ferociously. A dog attacked me after I left my house,” he added.
“I defended myself and tried to hit him with a stone, but he sank his teeth into my feet. I had to go to the health center and they gave me a vaccine.”
Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad has said the ministry is ready to address the crisis of stray dogs.
Meanwhile, a report by the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Directorate of Health Affairs in Menoufia revealed that 759 people have been hospitalized due to rat bites so far this year.
Dr. Hassan Shafiq, deputy head of the Egyptian Veterinary Service, said rat bites can transmit deadly diseases.
Rats “live next to ponds, marshes and plantations, and feed mainly on … grains, fruits and vegetables, so they are often responsible for crop damage,” he added.