Egypt appoints new military intelligence chief

Information came from two security forces. (File/AFP)
Updated 23 December 2018
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Egypt appoints new military intelligence chief

  • Egypt has appointed Major General Khaled Megawer to serve as the head of the country’s military intelligence service
  • Megawer, who replaces Mohamed Al-Shahat, previously served as deputy head of the military intelligence body

CAIRO: Egypt has appointed Major General Khaled Megawer to serve as the head of the country’s military intelligence service, replacing Mohamed Al-Shahat, two security sources told Reuters on Sunday.
Egypt’s military and intelligence services play a leading role in top level decision making, taking a more public role since current president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi led the 2013 military overthrow of Egypt’s first freely-elected president, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The sources did not give a reason for Al-Shahat’s dismissal, but El-Sisi has replaced several high-ranking security officials in the military, interior ministry and the general intelligence service over the last couple of years.
El-Sisi appointed close ally Major General Abbas Kamel to serve as chief of the country’s General Intelligence Service in June , two weeks after replacing the defense and interior ministers.
Megawer previously served as deputy head of the military intelligence body, Commander of the Second Field Army and Defense Attaché at the Egyptian embassy in Washington. 


Egypt reopens three ports after weather improves

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Egypt reopens three ports after weather improves

  • Several Egyptian port cities and the capital Cairo were hit by a severe sandstorm on Wednesday
  • The Red Sea Ports Authority announced the weather has improved and winds have stabilized

SUEZ, Egypt: Egypt reopened three ports on Thursday that it had shut on Wednesday due to bad weather as conditions improved and winds stabilized, the Red Sea Ports Authority said.
Several Egyptian port cities and the capital Cairo were hit by a severe sandstorm on Wednesday, which prompted the closure of several ports.
The ports of Suez and Zeitiyat in the Suez governorate were reopened at 0700 local time (0500 GMT) and the Sharm Al-Sheikh port in the South Sinai governorate reopened at 0800 local, the authority said.
Ayman Saleh, head of the Red Sea Ports Authority, stressed that the heads of ports should be in contact with the Egyptian Meteorological Authority to ensure the regularity and safety of maritime navigation.