Egypt’s days-long heatwave will continue until Wednesday

Meteorologists quoted by local media expect temperatures in Cairo to hit 41C. (Shutterstock)
Updated 22 May 2018
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Egypt’s days-long heatwave will continue until Wednesday

  • Meteorologists quoted by local media expect temperatures in Cairo to hit 41C
  • A days-long heatwave started on Thursday coinciding with the beginning of Ramadan

CAIRO: A heatwave currently gripping Egypt is expected to continue until Wednesday, the Egyptian Meteorological Authority said.
A days-long heatwave started on Thursday coinciding with the beginning of Ramadan.
Swathes of the country experienced a gradual temperature rise by 4-7 degrees celsius.
Meteorologists quoted by local media expect temperatures in Cairo to hit 41C.
Milder temperatures are expected along the north coast, and temperatures will peak in Aswan and the New Valley at 47C in the daylight hours, but will lower by the evening.
Visibility will be affected by mist during morning time in Lower Egypt, and along the north coast. Low and medium-level clouds are anticipated on Wednesday along the north coast.
Forecasters previously warned that the weather will be “very hot” during daylight hours when Muslims fast.
Egypt’s second city of Alexandria is forecast to receive a high of 33C.
This year, Muslims in Egypt are fasting for more than 15 hours daily.


UN calls on Libya to crack down on violent militias

Khalifa Haftar. (Supplied)
Updated 21 August 2018
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UN calls on Libya to crack down on violent militias

  • Libya remains divided between the UN-backed GNA in Tripoli and a rival administration in the east supported by military strongman Khalifa Haftar
  • Tripoli office to a more “secure” location after threats from militiamen against its employees

TRIPOLI: The UN has called on Libya’s internationally recognized government to crack down on armed groups obstructing the work of state institutions in the chaos-wracked country.
The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) late on Sunday night expressed its “strong condemnation of the violence, intimidation and obstruction to the work of Libya’s sovereign institutions by militiamen.”
It called on the UN-backed Government of National Accord to “prosecute those responsible for these criminal actions.”
The GNA’s military and security institutions have failed to place limits on the powerful militias that sprung up in the turmoil that followed the 2011 ouster of dictator Muammar Qaddafi.
Several state institutions, including those in Tripoli, have been regular targets of harassment and intimidation by armed groups technically operating under the GNA’s Interior Ministry.
Members of militias “nominally acting under the Ministry of Interior of the Government of National Accord are attacking sovereign institutions and preventing them from being able to operate effectively,” UNSMIL said.
Last week, the GNA’s National Oil Corp. said men from the Interior Ministry had forced their way into the headquarters of Brega Petroleum Marketing Company — a distribution outfit — to “arrest” its chief.
The Libyan Investment Authority, the GNA-managed sovereign wealth fund, recently moved from its downtown Tripoli office to a more “secure” location after threats from militiamen against its employees.
UNSMIL said it would work with the international community and the GNA to “investigate the possibility of bringing sanctions against those interfering with or threatening the operations of any sovereign institution.”
Libya remains divided between the UN-backed GNA in Tripoli and a rival administration in the east supported by military strongman Khalifa Haftar.
A myriad of militias,terrorist groups and people traffickers have taken advantage of the chaos to gain a foothold in the North African country.