More than 3,000 repatriated Egyptians arrive in Cairo

Egypt’s repatriation mission has returned 12,000 nationals since international travel was banned in March because of the outbreak. (File/AFP
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Updated 06 June 2020

More than 3,000 repatriated Egyptians arrive in Cairo

  • The repatriated Egyptians were required to self-quarantine at their homes for two weeks
  • Egypt’s repatriation mission has returned 12,000 nationals since international travel was banned in March because of the outbreak

DUBAI: Twenty-three special flights carrying 3,346 Egyptians have arrived in Cairo as part of the country’s efforts to repatriate stranded nationals amid the coronavirus outbreak, as reported by local daily Ahram Online.
The flights came from several destinations in Europe, including London and Frankfurt, as well as from Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Kuwait.
The repatriated Egyptians were required to self-quarantine at their homes for two weeks – instead of an earlier policy of isolating returnees in repurposed hotels and dormitories.
Egypt’s repatriation mission has returned 12,000 nationals since international travel was banned in March because of the outbreak.


US military accuses Iranian forces of boarding Liberian-flagged civilian ship

Updated 13 August 2020

US military accuses Iranian forces of boarding Liberian-flagged civilian ship

WASHINGTON: The United States military on Wednesday said that Iranian forces had boarded a civilian vessel in international waters in the Gulf.
The US military’s Central Command released a grainy black-and-white video on Twitter showing a helicopter near a large ship.
“Today in international waters, Iranian forces, including two ships and an Iranian ‘Sea King’ helicopter, overtook and boarded a ship called the ‘Wila,’” the US Central Command said in a tweet.
According to Refinitiv tracking data, Wila is a Liberian-flagged oil tanker and was currently anchored near the United Arab Emirates’ port of Khor Fakkan.
A US official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the incident took place near the Strait of Hormuz and the ship was eventually released by Iranian forces. The official said the United States military was not involved in anything other than monitoring the situation.
Tensions between Iran and the United States increased last year following a series of incidents involving shipping in and near the Gulf.
In July 2019, Iran briefly seized a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf after Britain seized the Iranian tanker Grace 1, accused of violating sanctions on Syria.