Egypt mourns scientists killed in Ethiopian crash

Foreign investigators examine wreckage at the scene where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday killing all 157 on board, near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, south of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP)
Updated 12 March 2019
0

Egypt mourns scientists killed in Ethiopian crash

  • Other victims of the crash included Egyptian translators Susan Abu Faraj and Esmat Aransa
  • Friends on social media described Al-Azb as one of Egypt’s top programmers

CAIRO: Egypt is mourning the deaths of some of its leading scientists on board the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 that crashed on Sunday near the capital Addis Ababa, killing 157 people.

The group included Dr. Ashraf El-Turki, head of the Department of Pesticide Research at Egypt’s Agricultural Research Center, and a leading researcher in Africa and the Middle East. El-Turki had responsibility for the largest insect collection in the Middle East, which housed more than 6,000 species, and had carried out dozens of important studies related to agricultural quarantines and crop development in Egypt.

Also on the flight were assistant researcher Abdul Hamid Farraj and engineer Du’aa Atif Abdul Salam. Both were traveling to Nairobi on an assignment dealing with genetic research to improve animal and plant production. 

Other victims of the crash included Egyptian translators Susan Abu Faraj and Esmat Aransa, who were planning to join an official African Union mission in the Kenyan capital. The two had also worked as translators for several major international bodies.

The sixth victim was Nassar Al-Azb, a programmer in the computer department of Egyptian bank Banque Misr, who was on his way to Nairobi to attend a conference. 

Friends on social media described Al-Azb as one of Egypt’s top programmers.

Prof. Mahmoud Saqr, head of Egypt’s Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, told Arab News that he received the news of the crash of the Ethiopian flight “with great sadness.”

Meanwhile, a lawyer, Amr Abdelsalam, has urged the Attorney General Nabil Sadek to open an investigation into the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines flight, focusing on the deaths of the Egyptian scientists.

Abdelsalam said in a statement that El-Turki and two of the other victims “were on a private and official task assigned by the state for the improvement of animal and vegetable production in light of Egypt’s efforts to help in central Africa.”


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
0

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.