36 dead, 109 injured after trains collide in Egypt’s Alexandria

East Alexandria11/08/2017 (Ahram Online – Egypt): The death toll in a train collision in Alexandria on Friday has risen to 36, with at least 109 injured, health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed told Al-Ahram Arabic. One of the trains was travelling from Cairo, and the other from Port Said. Egypt’s prosecutor-general, Nabil Sadiq, has ordered an urgent investigation into the collision. Prime Minister Sherif Ismail ordered winches to be dispatched to the site. Megahed said that the dead were transferred to Koum El-Dekka morgue, while injured passengers are at El-Mery, El-Gomhoria, Ras El-Tin, and Mostafa Kamel hospitals. Mass-casualty train accidents in Egypt are not unknown. A train derailment in Badrashin in Giza killed at least 19 people in 2013…



850,000 children displaced due to DRC violence: UN body

850,000 children displaced due to DRC violence: UN body29/07/2017 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): A total of 850,000 children have been displaced in Greater Kasai region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) due to clashes in the country, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Friday. This makes the region one of the largest displacement crises in the world for children, UNICEF said in a statement, adding that children bore the brunt of extreme violence. More than a million people have also been forced from their homes by waves of violent conflict in the region, it said. ”The lives of hundreds of thousands of children and their families in Greater Kasai have been turned upside down by this brutal violence,” Tajudeen Oyewale, UNICEF acting Representative in the DRC, said in the statement…



Chilling image captures woman suicide bomber clutching child, moments before death

09/07/2017 (Arab News – KSA): JEDDAH: This image might seem like any other coming from war-torn Mosul, but moments after it was taken, the woman detonated the explosive device she was carrying, killing herself, the child she held in her arms and two soldiers. She was walking out of a newly liberated part of the city along with a group of civilians. She was carrying bags, a young child and the trigger device in her right hand, UK website MailOnline reported. According to a local film crew from Al-Mawsleya TV, the woman had apparently tried to detonate the device as she passed a group of soldiers, but it failed to go off. It was only when she walked further away that the bomb exploded…



Western silence over the threat to Al Jazeera is just shameful

Al Jazeera30/06/2017 (Gulf Times – Qatar): Imagine the rage if the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, demanded that Theresa May should close down the BBC as part of the Brexit deal. Well, of course it’s not remotely conceivable: that isn’t how modern democratic states do business. But it’s the way some Arab states are now behaving. Egypt and Saudi Arabia, together with Bahrain and the UAE, have put a stranglehold on the odd-man-out in the Gulf, Qatar; and one condition for lifting it is that Qatar should shut down Al Jazeera, the internationally respected TV news channel which it funds. Within 10 days. I seem to have missed the huge wave of anger about this. President Trump, who is doing various deals with the Saudis, hasn’t tweeted anything. Theresa May, in her desperate effort to find new markets for Britain, can’t afford to upset them. Everyone else seems to be looking away…




Libyan, Italian coastguards rescue more than 3,400 migrants

Migrants and refugees stand on the deck of the rescue vessel Golfo Azzurro after being rescued by Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms workers in the Mediterranean Sea, Friday, June 16, 2017. (AP Photo)17/06/2017 (Sabah – Turkey): The Italian and Libyan coastguard have rescued more than 3,400 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe since Friday, the two countries’ coastguards said. Most were rescued in 18 separate operations on Friday, the coastguard said, while more missions were undertaken overnight, according to news agency ANSA. The EU border agency Frontex and Italian marines were also involved in the rescue operations.Over 1,800 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year, according to the International Organization for Migration. The Italian coastguard said it rescued 2,500 migrants, while the Libyan coastguard rescued more than 900 African and Asian migrants attempting to reach Europe, a Libyan navy spokesman said Saturday…



Woman suicide bomber kills at least 30 in Iraqi market

09/06/2017 (Al Arabiya News – UAE): A woman suicide bomber killed at least 31 people and wounded 35 in a crowded market in the town of Musayab, 80 km (50 miles) south of Baghdad, on Friday, security sources said. ISIS claimed the attack, 30 km east of the Shiite holy city of Kerbala, as well as a suicide attack at a bus station in central Kerbala around the same time. It did not identify either bomber, in a statement on its Amaq news agency. Security sources said four people were wounded in the Kerbala bombing, and one security officer said the bomber was also a woman and had hidden the bomb under her full-body veil. The hardline Sunni Muslim insurgents are on the brink of losing Mosul, their de-facto capital in Iraq, to a US-backed Iraqi offensive launched in October…



Owner of Alexandria’s leaning building arrested

03/06/2017 (Egypt Indipendent – Egypt): Security services in Alexandria have arrested the owner of a leaning building in Azareeta, Mervat Awad Nasr, to be transferred to prosecution, informed sources said. A prosecution team inspected the building on Friday, getting only expensive properties out, while demolition is ongoing to ensure no further damage to the surrounding areas. The prosecution expedited the issuance of the engineering committee’s report on the condition of the leaning building, as well as that of the surrounding ones and summoned the district officials. Governor Mohamed Sultan decided to refer to investigations all those involved in licensing the building…



Egyptian army kills three militants in central Sinai raid: military spokesman

Army28/05/2017 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Egyptian soldiers have killed three “highly dangerous” militants in a raid in the central part of the Sinai Peninsula, the Egyptian military said in a statement on Sunday. The operation targeted the militants as they were about to carry out an attack on security forces, according to the statement published online by Egyptian military spokesman Colonel Tamer El-Refai. Another suspected militant was arrested in possession of a large sum of money that was to be sent to terrorists, the statement said. The Egyptian army is fighting an Islamist insurgency based in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula that has gained pace since the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who emerged from the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood organisation…



Dozens of Palestinians injured in W. Bank, Gaza clashes

Dozens of Palestinians injured in W. Bank, Gaza clashes20/05/2017 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): Dozens of Palestinians were injured on Friday in separate clashes — in both the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the blockaded Gaza Strip — between Israeli forces and Palestinian demonstrators. Palestinians demonstrated in both territories to show solidarity with Palestinians imprisoned by Israel who have been waging a hunger strike for the past 33 days. “Three Palestinians were injured by live ammunition — and another eleven by rubber bullets — in clashes that erupted in the West Bank cities of Ramallah, Nablus and Bethlehem,” the West Bank-based Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement. “Four other Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets in clashes that erupted at the Qalandia checkpoint and in the town of Abu Dis near Jerusalem,” it added…


10 Takfiris killed in clashes with tribesmen in Sinai

 (Egypt Indipendent – Egypt): Tribal sources announced the killing of 10 members of the takfiri organization Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis on Friday, including the organization’s training officer, in clashes with tribes south of the city of Rafah. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis is a terrorist group which pledged allegiance to the “Islamic State” (IS) terrorist organization in 2014. It has been orchestrating attacks against army, police, judges, and Coptic Christians, killing dozens. The sources said that a number of tribes, led by the tribe of Tarabin, launched an armed attack on the takfiri elements in the areas of al-Masora and al-Barth, south of the city of Rafah, where the violent clashes occured between the two sides. The takfiri leader is Mahmoud Nimr Zaghra, also known as Abou al-Abd, a Palestinian national and the top official for training in Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis…