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
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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.”


Israeli forces kill Palestinian suspected of deadly attack in West Bank

Updated 20 March 2019
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Israeli forces kill Palestinian suspected of deadly attack in West Bank

  • The assailant was killed after he opened fire at Israeli forces who had come to arrest him, the Shin Bet said
  • The Palestinian health ministry said two more Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli soldiers near Nablus

JERUSALEM: Israeli forces on Tuesday killed a Palestinian suspected of carrying out a deadly stabbing and shooting attack in the occupied West Bank two days earlier, the Israeli Shin Bet security service said.
The assailant was killed after he opened fire at Israeli forces who had come to arrest him, the Shin Bet said. The Palestinian health ministry confirmed a person had been killed in the clash, but provided no further details.
In what appeared to be a separate incident, the Palestinian health ministry said two more Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli soldiers near the West Bank city of Nablus. An Israeli army spokeswoman said the report was being looked into.
On Sunday, a suspected Palestinian assailant fatally stabbed a soldier at an intersection on a busy West Bank highway and opened fire at the scene using the conscript’s rifle, killing an Israeli rabbi and wounding a second soldier.
Palestinians, many of them people without links to armed groups, carried out a wave of attacks in the West Bank in late 2015 and 2016 but the frequency of such incidents has since decreased.
Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war. Palestinians seek to establish a state there and in the Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in 2014.