A helicopter belonging to an international peacekeeping force crashed in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on Thursday, killing at least eight people, including five Americans, the force confirmed. The helicopter belonged to the Multinational Force and Observers, an independent international peacekeeping body known as MFO, which monitors the 40-year-old peace agreement between Israel and Egypt. The MFO said one U.S. member survived.
Five TikTok influencers have been jailed in Egypt for posting “indecent” videos on the social media platform. The young women have been sentenced to two years in prison for “violating the values and principles of the Egyptian family”, inciting debauchery and promoting human trafficking, according to a statement from the public prosecutor. In the videos, they are seen posing in cars, dancing in kitchens and joking in skits.
Twenty people were killed and 40 others injured in a fire at Egypt’s busiest railway station Wednesday morning, the country’s health ministry said according to state TV. Cairo’s central Ramses station was set ablaze after a train collided with the platform and its fuel tank exploded, state-run news site Al-Ahram reported, citing security sources.
The three-day presidential election in Egypt ended with President Abdel Fattuh el-Sisi expected to win, raising questions about the legitimacy of the vote. Following an election campaign where five of Sisi’s opponents were prevented from being on the ballot, few voters showed up. The lack of participation and protest portray the authoritarian control in Egypt.
After retired general, Sami Anan, announced his presidential candidacy to challenge President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Saturday, the Egyptian military detained him for questioning, removing the only substantial threat for Abdel’s reelection. In a rare statement, the military claimed they were taking ‘necessary legal action’ against Anan, accusing him of ‘violations and crimes’ and ‘incitement against the armed forces.’
Egypt’s government has said a car packed with explosives was the cause of an explosion near a medical center in the capital that killed at least 20 people and wounded 47 others. Egypt accuses Hasm, which emerged in 2016 and has claimed several attacks, of being a wing of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. The movement denies this and says it seeks change through peaceful means only.
A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Sunday near the Giza Pyramids, wounding at least 17 people including tourists, Egyptian officials said. The officials said the bus was travelling on a road close to the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum, which is located adjacent to the Giza Pyramids but is not yet open to tourists. The attack comes as Egypt’s vital tourism industry is showing signs of recovery after years in the doldrums because of the political turmoil and violence that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak.
Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s former president who ruled the country from 1981 until the revolution of 2011, has died at the aged of 91, the country’s state media reported on Tuesday. Mubarak ruled Egypt with an iron fist until he was overthrown during the so-called Arab Spring uprisings that toppled leaders throughout the region. The strongman was arrested in April 2011. But he was acquitted in 2017.
Egypt’s former President Mohammed Morsi, ousted by the military in 2013 after one year in office, has collapsed in a courtroom and died, officials say. A top figure in the now-banned Islamist movement Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi had just spoken from a cage at a hearing on charges of espionage. Morsi, who was 67, had been in custody since his removal after mass protests. The Muslim Brotherhood said the death was a “full-fledged murder”.
Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, met Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, Monday, giving US endorsement for free and transparent elections ‘not just for Egypt but for any country.’ Sissi is running for reelection next month, in a battle critics believe is corrupt. Tillerson expressed that the US will remain ‘steadfast’ in its support for Egypt.