Egyptian President El-Sisi pardons 712 prisoners

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi speaks during a news conference in Cairo, Egypt December 11, 2017. (Reuters)
Updated 06 June 2018
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Egyptian President El-Sisi pardons 712 prisoners

CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has pardoned 712 prisoners, the state news agency MENA said on Wednesday, and security sources said many of those freed were youth jailed for anti-government protests.
A full list of those pardoned was not immediately available.
Since coming to power in 2014, El-Sisi has presided over a sweeping crackdown on Islamist opponents and liberal activists that rights groups say is the worst period of political repression in Egyptian history.
He has issued pardons several times a year, including on major national holidays, often releasing students and young protesters.
Egypt in 2013 passed a law requiring interior ministry permission for any public gathering of more than 10 people, effectively ending the mass protests that helped unseat two presidents in the span of three years beginning in 2011.
El-Sisi is a former military chief who toppled elected Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Mursi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. Critics say public dissent continues to be suppressed as matter of policy under El-Sisi.
El-Sisi denies that there are political prisoners in Egypt.
He was sworn in for a second term as Egyptian president on Saturday amid a crackdown on opponents after a landslide victory in a March election from which all serious opponents had withdrawn.


Syrian activists say 10 killed in Idlib bombings

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Syrian activists say 10 killed in Idlib bombings

  • The Syrian Observatory said the blasts in the Qusour neighborhood during killed 13 people and wounded 25

BEIRUT: Syrian opposition activists and paramedics say two bomb blasts have struck the northwestern city of Idlib, killing at least 10 people.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the blasts in the Qusour neighborhood during rush hour Monday killed 13 people and wounded 25.
The Edlib Media Center, an activist collective, said the bombings killed 10 and wounded dozens.
The first blast occurred in the early afternoon and another followed seconds later. The opposition’s Syrian Civil Defense, a group of volunteer first responders, said one of its members was wounded.
The city of Idlib is controlled by Al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, which has wide influence in northern Syria.
The city has been hit with bombings in recent months that killed or wounded scores of people.