Egypt’s last surviving 1952 revolutionary leaders dies

Khaled Mohieddin was 95. (Reuters)
Updated 06 May 2018
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Egypt’s last surviving 1952 revolutionary leaders dies

  • He was one of the military leaders of the Free Officers Movement, led by Egypt’s Arab nationalist leader Gamal Abdel-Nasser
  • He was imprisoned for two months in 1971 amid a crackdown by Anwar el-Sadat who became president after Nasser’s death a year earlier

CAIRO: An Egyptian leftist opposition leader, who helped overthrow the Egyptian monarchy in the 1952 revolution, has died at a Cairo hospital. Khaled Mohieddin was 95.
Mohieddin suffered age-related health problems and was taken to a military hospital several days ago. He died on Sunday.
President Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi mourned the “symbol of national political action” and offered his condolences to the family of the late leftist leader, according to a statement by the presidency.
Mohieddin was born to a wealthy family in Qalyubia province, north of Cairo, in 1922. He graduated from Egypt’s military academy in 1940. He also gained a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the Cairo University.
He was one of the military leaders of the Free Officers Movement, led by Egypt’s Arab nationalist leader Gamal Abdel-Nasser. The movement helped topple King Farouk in July 1952.
He was the last surviving member of the Revolutionary Command Council, an executive body that ran Egypt till 1956, when Nasser was elected as Egypt’s president.
He was imprisoned for two months in 1971 amid a crackdown by Anwar el-Sadat who became president after Nasser’s death a year earlier.
Mohieddin was the founder of the leftist Patriotic Progressive Unionist Party in 1976. He was a member of the Egyptian parliament from 1990 to 2005.
He was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in 1970 and the Nile medal, Egypt’s highest honor, in 2013.


Israeli military finds 4th Hezbollah tunnel from Lebanon

Updated 7 min 45 sec ago
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Israeli military finds 4th Hezbollah tunnel from Lebanon

  • The military said it has placed explosives in the tunnel as part of an open-ended operation to identify and destroy the cross-border passageways
  • Israel has called on the international community to impose new sanctions on the Iranian-backed Hezbollah

JERUSALEM: The Israeli military says it has exposed a fourth Hezbollah attack tunnel dug from Lebanon.
The military said Sunday that it has placed explosives in the tunnel as part of an open-ended operation to identify and destroy the cross-border passageways. Israel says the tunnels were built by Hezbollah militants to carry out attacks against Israelis.
Hezbollah, which used such tunnels inside Lebanon in the 2006 war, has yet to comment on the operation, which began two weeks ago.
Israel has called on the international community to impose new sanctions on the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, a heavily-armed mini-army with an arsenal of some 150,000 rockets that can reach nearly every part of Israel.