Egyptian prosecution orders bail for famous YouTube couple accused of abusing their daughter

The prosecution placed the bail at $2,538 (40,000 Egyptian pounds) for the release of Ahmed Hassan and his wife Zeinab. (Screen grab)
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Updated 19 September 2020

Egyptian prosecution orders bail for famous YouTube couple accused of abusing their daughter

  • Images of the child’s frightened face circulated on social media with users criticizing her parents’ prank
  • Egypt’s National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) submitted a report to the Public Prosecution to open an investigation into the case after a complaint was filed

Egypt’s public prosecutor ordered on Friday the release on bail of a famous YouTube couple who were arrested for allegedly abusing their daughter, Egyptian media reported.
The prosecution placed the bail at $2,538 (40,000 Egyptian pounds) for the release of Ahmed Hassan and his wife Zeinab, according to Egypt Today.
The couple were arrested at their residence in a Cairo compound after they posted a video on their YouTube channel of 5.9 million subscribers, titled “Zeinab and Ahmed Hassan prank Ayleen,” referring to their one-year-old daughter.
In the video, Zeinab is seen painting her face black before going to her daughter, who then appears to be uncomfortable and cries.
Images of the child’s frightened face circulated on social media with users criticizing her parents’ prank, who are heard laughing in the video that has over two million views. 
Egypt’s National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) submitted a report to the Public Prosecution to open an investigation into the case after a complaint was filed. 
The General Director of the Child Helpline with NCCM, Sabri Osman, said during a phone-in with the Good Morning Egypt show, that videos such as those uploaded by the couple display the reckless behavior of the parents.
He believed that their goal was for fame and fortune, which they gain from the popularity of their YouTube channel, but at the expense of their daughter’s welfare.
Social media users have previously criticized the couple for “exploiting” their daughter since her birth to gain more subscribers.


Over 3 million virus cases reported in Mideast

Labourers, wearing protective face masks, disinfect the front of restaurant in Dubai's marina on March 16, 2020. (AFP)
Updated 31 October 2020

Over 3 million virus cases reported in Mideast

  • Labourers, wearing protective face masks, disinfect the front of restaurant in Dubai's marina on March 16, 2020

DUBAI: The number of reported coronavirus cases has gone over 3 million in the Middle East, an Associated Press count showed on Friday, with the true number likely even higher.
Across the Mideast, there have been over 75,000 deaths attributed to the virus by health authorities, the AP count relying on reported figures by individual countries shows.
There have been 2.5 million recoveries from the virus causing the COVID-19 illness.
In the Mideast, the hardest-hit nation remains Iran, which served as the initial epicenter of the virus in the region. In Iran alone, authorities say there have been over 600,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, with some 477,000 recoveries and 34,000 deaths. Yet even those numbers are believed to be low, Iranian officials say.

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Deaths have been reported in the Middle East region due to the coronavirus, according to health authorities.

In some war-torn nations, it remains difficult to know the scope of the pandemic as well. In Yemen for instance, it’s believed that the vast majority of the country’s cases have gone undiagnosed and untreated, and health workers have said only those who are near death are usually brought to hospitals.