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L'Egypte envers et contre tout...

L'Egypte envers et contre tout... | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Au moment où l’Egypte s’apprêtait à relancer le tourisme dans le pays des pharaons, l’attentat de Taba (quatre morts et quinze blessés par l’explosion d’une bombe placée dans un bus le 16 février dernier) risque de mettre à mal les efforts déployés par les autorités touristiques locales. Côté Quai d’Orsay, les recommandations concernant la sécurité (cf. notre carte) n’ont pas évolué depuis le 10 décembre.
L’Ouest (saharien) et l’Est (Sinaï) demeurent formellement déconseillées (Taba se situe dans cette zone) quand la bande Alexandrie/Le Caire/Hurghada ainsi que les abords du Nil de Luxor à Abou Simbel sont en « vigilance renforcée », ce qui signifie que les voyages sont possibles. 
En dépit (malgré) de ce contexte, l’office de tourisme d’Égypte vient de lancer une application pour smartphones et tablettes permettant aux visiteurs de préparer au mieux leur voyage. Développée par l’Egyptian Tourist Authority et le Centre de Documentation Culturel et de Patrimoine (CULTNAT), l’application Egypt Travel recense plus de 400 destinations et sites touristiques du pays, des informations pratiques, des plans et même un voyage interactif. L’appli est gratuite et disponible sur App Store et Androïd.

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"Sautez le Caire", recommande le gouvernement égyptien aux touristes

"Sautez le Caire", recommande le gouvernement égyptien aux touristes | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Egypt's tourism industry has been suffering ever since the rebellion that resulted in a massive upheaval of the government. The newest move, however, might surprise even those who have not been brave enough to explore the country in the meantime. Egyptians hoped for change with the Arab Spring uprising, but that change has been a long time coming and even now, three years later, there are still clashes between different forces. Much of the violence has centered around Cairo, the seat of the Egyptian government, and as a result many tourists have sheid away from visiting a country rich in history and artifacts.

The violence should not keep tourists away, and Egypt itself is addressing that concept in their latest marketing campaign. In a bid to recover tourists, the country is touting its magnificence--sans Cairo. Tourism decreased 90 percent last year from 2012 in Egypt, so the country's attempts to recover tourism revenues are essential for the economy. However, it is almost inconceivable to imagine a trip to Egypt without visiting important sights such as the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, where mummies of previous pharoahs are housed along with other famous artifacts. The sight tourists would be most likely to miss when skipping Cairo, though, are the famous pyramids at Giza.

Giza is only a short bus or car trip outside the city of Cairo, where most tourists stay while visiting. There are three massive pyramids there, along with the famous sphinx sand sculpture that has stood guard over the pyramids for thousands of years. In order to recover the tourists, though, the government is distancing that famous sight, in close proximity to recent violence, from the other hundreds, if not thousands of historically significant sights in the country, such as the Valley of the Kings or the temples in Aswan and Luxor. Egyptian officials point out that tourists fear that violence is happening across the country; this is not the case. Most of the violence is centered around Cairo, so those who have a fascination with Egyptian history can still safely visit many areas of the country.

 
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Egypte : un portail sur la place Tahrir en guise de "sécurité" ?

Egypte : un portail sur la place Tahrir en guise de "sécurité" ? | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Un portail en fer a été érigé à l’entrée de la place Tahrir, au Caire, afin de ramener le calme à cet endroit, selon le gouvernement. 

Les habitants du Caire ont eu la surprise de découvrir qu’un portail a été installé ce week-end aux abords de la légendaire place Tahrir, épicentre de la contestation. L’opposition démocrate dénonce une nouvelle forme de « répression ». Mais selon le ministère de l’Intérieur, cette installation, de trois mètres de haut hérissée de pics et peinte aux couleurs nationales, vise à redonner un air de « normalité » au site.

Pour le moment, le portail est ouvert afin de permettre l’accès aux automobilistes à l’un des axes principaux, la rue Kasr el Eïni. Il remplace en outre les nombreux murs en béton construits dans le quartier, ces trois dernières années.

« Ces portes ont été installées provisoirement. En cas de problème de sécurité, elles seront fermées », a indiqué Hany Abdel Latif, porte-parole du ministère de l’Intérieur.

Vers une crise durable ?

Les contestataires affirment que ce portail et les blocs de béton, censés être temporaires, sont le signe d’une crise durable sept mois après la destitution de Mohamed Morsi

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La guerre contre les journalistes.

La guerre contre les journalistes. | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

En Egypte, le journalisme peut être considéré comme une forme de terrorisme. C'est du moins ce qui est reproché à une vingtaine de journalistes d'Al-Jazira, accusés de mettre en danger la sécurité nationale.
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By Sharif Abdel Kouddous

In Egypt, journalism can now be a form of terrorism. At least that's what prosecutors are alleging in a case targeting Al Jazeera, with 20 defendants referred to trial on charges of joining or aiding a terrorist group and endangering national security.
Among the principal accusations, the prosecutor's statement accuses the defendants of manipulating video footage “to produce unreal scenes to suggest abroad that the country is undergoing a civil war that portends the downfall of the state." The statement goes on to say prosecutors assigned a team of "media experts" from the Egyptian Union for Television and Radio to inspect equipment seized from the hotel where Al Jazeera English was operating. The technical reports show that "the footage was altered and video scenes were modified using software and high-caliber editing equipment." (...)
The journalists accused in the case are being treated as terrorists – that is to say, inhumanely. Two of the detained Al Jazeera English staff, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, are being held in Al-Akrab, the maximum security wing of Tora prison, alongside jihadis and militants. They have been kept in solitary confinement 24-hours a day in insect-infested cells with no beds, books or sunlight for over four weeks. Following the series of bombings in Cairo on January 24, guards even took away their blankets and food their relatives had provided. After a recent visit with him, Fahmy's family said his spirit appeared to have been broken. Peter Greste is being held in only slightly better conditions.

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Le directeur du Musée d'art islamique reproche à l'Etat son échec à protéger le patrimoine.

Le directeur du Musée d'art islamique reproche à l'Etat son échec à protéger le patrimoine. | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The head of the Museum of Islamic Art Mohamed al-Kahlawy condemned the authorities’ failure to protect Egypt’s heritage in an interview on Al-Arabiya al-Hadath channel Wednesday.

He further expressed his suspicion that some of the museum’s artifacts were stolen after the bombing that struck the neighboring Cairo Security Directorate on Jan. 24, claiming the lives of at least 6 people and injuring dozens more.

The bomb caused serious damage to the opposite façade of the Museum of Islamic Art and some of its contents, as well as the National Library and Archives.

Kahlawy, who is also the secretary-general of the Arab Archeologists Union, said he suspects that some of the museum’s collection have been stolen, adding that security forces denied him access into the museum following the attack.

The Museum of Islamic Art is an Arab and human heritage that the whole world must protect, Kahlawy said, calling on the government and concerned international organizations to protect Egypt’s heritage and archeological holdings from being stolen.

The building of the Museum of Islamic Art is a historical monument which was constructed during the reign of Khedive Abbas Helmi II and was inaugurated in 1903.

The National Library and Archives is the largest library in Egypt, and includes highly important manuscripts and maps that narrate the history of Egypt and the Arab World, Kahlawy said.

The way the officials have dealt with heritage is not commensurate with its importance, Kahlawy said, adding that the Museum of Islamic Art contains 110,000 priceless artifacts that are unparalleled in the whole world.

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Des ONG accusent les services de sécurité de restriction des libertés sous prétexte de "guerre contre le terrorisme"

Des ONG accusent les services de sécurité de restriction des libertés sous prétexte de "guerre contre le terrorisme" | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The proliferation of terrorist operations reflects the authorities’ inability to take their anti-terrorism practices further than media statements and random security confrontations, a group of non-governmental organisations said.
In a joint statement released on Saturday, a group of 13 civil society organisations condemned the terrorist bombings and violent incidents which took place late last week. Four explosions were reported in Greater Cairo on Friday, leaving at least six killed. On Saturday, two more blasts were reported in Cairo and Suez, leaving none killed.
Interim President Adly Mansour condemned the attacks in a national address on Sunday afternoon. He said the state “will not hesitate to take exceptional measures if needs be” to fight the wave of terrorism.

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Fans return to see Egypt in action

Fans return to see Egypt in action | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

About 10,000 fans are set to watch Bob Bradley's Egypt play Zimbabwe in a 2014 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

Egypt's Ministry of Interior have allowed a limited number of fans in to support the Pharaohs for the first time on home soil since the Port Said stadium disaster in February 2012 that left over 70 people dead.

(...) The Egyptians also think the fans' presence can boost their chances of qualifying for the 2014 tournament in Brazil to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

The record seven-time African champions and winners of three continental titles in a row from 2006-10 have failed to qualify for the past two Africa Cup of Nations.

 

More on:http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/21938175

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Les services de sécurité du Sinaï-Sud à la recherche de 2 touristesأمن جنوب سيناء يكثف جهوده لفك لغز اختفاء سائحان

Les services de sécurité du Sinaï-Sud à la recherche de 2 touristesأمن جنوب  سيناء يكثف جهوده لفك لغز اختفاء سائحان | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Les services de sécurité du Sud-Sinaï ont intensifié leurs efforts pour retrouver 2 touristes disparus– une Norvégienne et un Israélien arabe- entre Taba et Dahab.

 

D’après les enquêtes et les 1ères analyses de la voiture du couple, un groupe de malfrats aurait forcé la voiture à s’arrêter et enlevé les 2 touristes, afin de réclamer la libération d’un accusé arrêté au Nord-Sinaï en possession de grandes quantité de drogues.

 

كثفت قوات الأمن بجنوب سيناء من جهودها اليوم الجمعة لفك لغز اختفاء سائحة نرويجية وسائح آخر من عرب إسرائيل قادمان من طابا في طريقهم إلي مدينة دهب .

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Security sources claim Rafah attackers to be revealed in April

Security sources claim Rafah attackers to be revealed in April | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

High-ranking security sources said Wednesday that they would reveal the perpetrators behind the deadly Rafah camp attack that killed 16 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai next month. The soldiers were killed last August.

According to the sources, secret investigations conducted by the Armed Forces and police, in cooperation with Bedouins, have revealed new evidence incriminating those involved.Last week a report by Al-Ahram Al-Araby, a weekly magazine published by state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper, accused Hamas of masterminding the Rafah attack

 

More on: http://arabia.msn.com/news/middle-east/1721186/security-sources-claim-rafah-attacker/

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Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya security initiative extends to Aswan - Daily News Egypt

Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya security initiative extends to Aswan - Daily News Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Rana Muhammad Taha | Daily news Egypt

 

The Building and Development Party (BDP), Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya’s political wing, is expanding its “popular committees” to Egypt’s southernmost governorate, Aswan.

Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya announced the establishment of “popular committees” over three weeks ago. These committees will be responsible for resolving road blockages peacefully and preventing violent crime.

Khaled Ibrahim, deputy secretary of the BDP in Aswan, stated that the new initiative aims to help the security apparatus maintain stability and resolve security conflicts. He said the initiative intends to restore policemen’s status on the streets. The popular committees would act as customary councils tasked with resolving social problems.

“The committees’ job will not conflict with that of the police or substitute it,” Ibrahim said.
He denied that the committees would intervene in citizens’ freedoms or infringe upon their privacy. “We will not search passers-by or break into houses … Our goal is to maintain security and stability as well as face thugs and non-peaceful protests.”

Ibrahim said the initiative comes in response to the citizens’ demands for security. He added that the BDP committees will act as an intermediary between the citizens and the police.

On Tuesday, Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya members on motorbikes roamed the streets of Assiut promising to bring security to the governorate in the absence of the police. Police forces in Assiut have been on a partial strike for almost ten days protesting the Minister of Interior’s policies.

Ahmed Khanfour, head of the Al-Dostour Party’s Mass Action Committee in Assiut, stated that Assiut residents do not welcome Al-Jamaa’s initiative. He said that residents did not want them to play a role in governorate security because of their violent history.

 

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/03/18/al-jamaa-al-islamiya-security-initiative-extends-to-aswan/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DailyNewsEgypt+%28Daily+News+Egypt%29

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Egypt military warns of potential impersonation of security personnel

Egypt military warns of potential impersonation of security personnel | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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A tunnel opening discovered recently in the Sinai Peninsula’s El-Saroserya region near Egypt’s border with the Gaza Strip was found to contain fabrics used in uniforms worn by Egyptian soldiers, an Egyptian military spokesman said in a Sunday statement.

According to the spokesman, three different fabrics resembling those used in Egyptian military uniforms, along with two white fabrics similar to those used in Egyptian police uniforms, were found at the tunnel opening.

“The armed forces calls on Egyptians to show vigilance in the days ahead in the event of any incident involving the impersonation of military personnel,” the spokesman said.  

 

This content is from :El Ahram, via Aswat Masriya  
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Egypt Vigilantes Hang 2 Thieves in Public

Egyptian security officials say vigilantes beat two alleged thieves, stripped them half-naked and then hung them in public in a small Nile Delta town. Both the men died.

The officials say the two men had stolen a rickshaw from a town in the province of Gharbiya. Angry residents in the town of Samanod beat the two suspects and hung them from a tree in a bus station on Sunday.

Security officials say residents who tried to help free the two men were pushed back by others in a crowd. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Thousands of Egyptian policemen are on strike, prompting the attorney general last week to release a statement encouraging citizen arrests.

Similar attacks have happened elsewhere in Egypt, where security has deteriorated since the uprising two years ago.

 

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/journalists-accuse-egypts-brotherhood-assault-18748410

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Report Blames Hamas for Egypt Soldier Killings

A report by a state-owned Egyptian magazine is accusing the Palestinian militant movement Hamas of killing 16 Egyptian soldiers in August 2012.

Hamas' military wing denied the report published Thursday in Al-Ahram Al-Araby, and accused Egypt's state media of spreading "flagrant lies."


 

The attack in the Sinai peninsula near Egypt's border with Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip prompted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to sack top military and intelligence officials.


 

The article, based on an alleged report by an unnamed high ranking official, published the names of three top Hamas commanders whom it said masterminded the attack.

The publication came a day after Egypt's defense minister in an address to border guards said that the military would confront "anyone who dares to harm Egypt's security or armed forces."

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Le ministère du Tourisme augmente la sécurité pour protéger les touristes

Le ministère du Tourisme augmente la sécurité pour protéger les touristes | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By HEND MOKHTAR

CAIRO: Security measures have intensified in tourist locations, particularly in Sinai sites, and security cameras are also being installed in a number of locations with the cooperation of hotels and tourist resorts, according to Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou.

Zaazou presented a report on Wednesday about the recent attack of a Taba bus that killed three South Korean tourists, the Egyptian bus driver, and injured 15 people in a blast.

Officials have been concerned about the impact of the incident on tourism, and Zaazou has repeatedly spoken in public claiming that tourist areas are being provided with extra security measures.

The blast took place on Feb.16 when a bus carrying tourists from St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai was en route to Taba.

Police have identified the perpetrator as a 21-year-old suicide bomber, according to forensic investigations.

Originally published in Youm7.

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Le ministère des Antiquités est en contact permanent avec les directeurs des sites archéologiques pour assurer la sécurité des touristes et du patrimoine culturel.

Le ministère des Antiquités est en contact permanent avec les directeurs des sites archéologiques pour assurer la sécurité des touristes et du patrimoine culturel. | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
By DINA ABDEL ALEM

CAIRO: Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim, in coordination with the Tourism Police Dept., announced a security alert on Monday at archaeological sites across Egypt in light of Sunday’s bombing of a tourist bus in Taba that killed three Korean tourists, according to Youm7.

Ibrahim said that Ministry of Antiquities is in a constant contact with directors of archaeological sites nationwide to ensure the safety of tourists and cultural heritage.

Minister Ibrahim said such attacks “will not hinder the Egyptian people from achieving stability and prosperity,” said Ibrahim.

Originally published in Youm7.

 
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Les centrales électriques à travers l'Égypte sont protégées par trois organismes de sécurité : les forces armées, les forces centrales de sécurité et la police égyptienne de l'électricité

Les centrales électriques à travers l'Égypte sont protégées par trois organismes de sécurité : les forces armées, les forces centrales de sécurité et la police égyptienne de l'électricité | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By RAHMA RAMADAN

CAIRO: Power plants across Egypt are being secured by three security agencies; Armed Forces,Central Security Forces and Electricity Police, Egyptian Electric Holding Company Head Gaber Desouky said, Tuesday.

Desouky told Youm7 that securing the electricity sector by three agencies is not new, and that the Armed Forces have been securing the Aswan Dam for long time. However, some power plant stations are undergoing intensified security following recent attacks, he said.

Stations like North Cairo, West Cairo, Sidi Krir and Abo Qir power plants are under intensified security, Desouky added.

Originally published in Youm7.

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Alors que l'industrie du tourisme s'écroule en Egypte, les professionnels du secteur attendent d'Al-Sissi qu'il restaure la sécurité dans le pays.

Alors que l'industrie du tourisme s'écroule en Egypte, les professionnels du secteur attendent d'Al-Sissi qu'il restaure la sécurité dans le pays. | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

When Egyptians rose up against their government three years ago, it wasn’t just dictator Hosni Mubarak’s reign that crumbled. The mass protests, political instability, and now, increasingly frequent terrorist attacks, have devastated Egypt’s once-thriving tourism sector.

For many Egyptians still working in the industry today, there is only one answer to their problems: Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who is gearing up for a likely presidential bid and is seen as a leader who will bring back security to businesses.

"Sissi is the only man who can solve Egypt’s problems," said Emad Nour, a third-generation shopkeeper in Cairo’s sprawling Khan el-Khalili bazaar, where tourists used to flock before the unrest began. "He can fix the security problem here."

Nour once made a decent living making intricate tables, traditional lamps and other handmade items that often attract tourists. But nowadays he, like many other vendors, has barely anyone coming to his shop.

"We depend on tourism," he said with dismay. "If there are no tourists, our lives are not good." Lots of stores around him have closed down, he said, adding that many shop owners have given up and changed professions entirely.

At Cairo’s ancient Giza Pyramids, which used to be swarming with foreigners, desperate vendors and guides with skinny horses now harass the occasional straggling tourists. Buses carrying tourists from the capital to resort towns along the Red Sea now travel in armed convoys through the restive Sinai, where hardline militants have launched a campaign against security forces. Once bustling hotels and youth hostels are eerily quiet.

From 2009 to 2010, before the revolution, Egypt took in $11.6 billion from tourism,according to Reuters. But 2012 to 2013 were marked by a devastating dip in tourism, with Egypt only earning $9.75 billion from the industry. Following the military's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last year, tourism fell by a whopping 45 percent, Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou told Reuters.

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Renforcement des mesures de sécurité autour des églises au Caire et dans les gouvernorats.

Renforcement des mesures de sécurité autour des églises au Caire et dans les gouvernorats. | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

عززت وزارة الداخلية إجراءات الأمن حول الكنائس، بعد الهجوم المسلح الذي استهدف مقر مطرانية العذراء ومارمرقس بمدينة السادس من أكتوبر، الثلاثاء ونتج عنه استشهاد أحد أفراد الشرطة المكلفين بحراسة الكنيسة.

 

 

وقال مصدر كنسي إن الأجهزة الأمنية شددت من إجراءات التأمين أمام الكنائس بالقاهرة والمحافظات، وقامت بزيادة أفراد الحراسة ووضع حواجز حديدية ومنع دخول السيارات إلى ساحات الكنائس ومنعها من التواجد أمام أسوارها.

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Tensions in Egypt

Tensions in Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The 120-mile long Suez Canal, which for decades has been an important shortcut connecting the US and Europe with the Indian Ocean and its Asian ports, faces the threat of closure.

Today, many ship owners, concerned that there will be delays in cargo reaching their destination due to on-going unrest in Egypt, are looking at alternative routes to avoid the canal. However, high fuel costs are deterring some ship owners from re-routing.

Typhon believes that its anti-piracy deterrent protection model can assist ship owners with transiting the canal safely and passing through piracy zones instead of feeling as though they have no choice but to consider re-routing which would result in a more expensive and longer journey.(...)

 

Ant Sharp, CEO of Typhon, said: “Shipping companies are concerned that escalating tensions in Egypt are affecting wider trade with the country. The unrest which includes some disruptions along the Suez Canal is a major cause for concern for shipowners, charterers and the government. (...)

 

“Should Egypt continue to increase transit toll fees to boost revenues and should there be a rise in shipowners re-routing and an increase in piracy due to incessant unrest, the steady decline of the country will only continue and countries will cease to trade with Egypt.”

 

More on: http://www.professionalsecurity.co.uk/news/transport/tensions-in-egypt/

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Egypte: des bédouins enlèvent un Israélien et une Norvégienne

Egypte: des bédouins enlèvent un Israélien et une Norvégienne | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Six hommes armés à bord d'une camionnette ont intercepté la voiture des deux touristes qui circulaient entre la station balnéaire de Taba et celle de Dahab, et les ont forcés sous la menace des armes à monter avec eux, a-t-elle précisé. Un responsable de la police a indiqué que la femme était une Norvégienne de 31 ans. La police avait d'abord affirmé qu'il s'agissait d'une Belge. Le ministère norvégien des Affaires étrangères a confirmé qu'un ressortissant norvégien avait été enlevé vendredi dans le Sinaï, tout en refusant de fournir des précisions sur la personne enlevée et sans dire s'il s'agit d'un homme ou d'une femme.

 

Kidnapping de plus en plus fréquents

Les enlèvements d'étrangers se multiplient depuis deux ans dans le Sinaï, en raison de la détérioration de la sécurité après la révolte qui a fait chuter le régime de Hosni Moubarak début 2011. Les périodes de détention ne durent d'ordinaire pas plus de 48 heures. Les kidnappeurs réclament en général la libération de proches détenus par la police.

 

Plus: http://www.rtl.be/info/monde/international/989692/une-belge-et-un-israelien-enleves-en-egypte

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Jama'a al-Islamiya to propose vigilante committees to Shura Council

Jama'a al-Islamiya to propose vigilante committees to Shura Council | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Jama’a al-Islamiya intends to present a plan for organizing vigilante justice committees to the Shura Council within a few days, said on Thursday Khaled al-Iskandarany, spokesperson for the group’s Construction and Development Party.

The committees would be under the supervision of the National Security Council, the Interior Ministry, the Defense Ministry and the president, ensuring that the citizen justice bodies could not start imposing their own rule of law, Iskandarany assured.

“We suggest the vigilantes of each district should composed be of its residents, have a uniform and wear ID tags,” Iskandarany said, adding that the committees should be funded by the state. He also said the Jama’a al-Islamiya was considering imposing a rule that the vigilantes could not be affiliated to one political party or movement.

 

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/jama-al-islamiya-propose-vigilante-committees-shura-council

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Egypt: Unprecedented Security Measures in Sinai

Egypt: Unprecedented Security Measures in Sinai | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

North Sinai Governorate has witnessed unprecedented security measures aiming at maintaining security and stability.

In this context, the Armed Forces and the police have pushed in military vehicles, amours and a large number of personnel in central Arish, on the international road between Al Arish- Al Qantara and Sheikh Zuwayed and Rafah regions.

These measures follow aborting an attempt to smuggle textiles used in manufacturing Armed Forces uniform through tunnels. Commenting on this smuggling operation, Taher Al Nunu, the Spokesman for Hamas movement said the seized textiles were planned to be used for manufacturing clothes for Gaza children and not making any damage to the Egyptian national security.

 

Security troops have been intensively deployed in Arish streets and squares. Security checking points were placed in the main points of the city.

 

More on:http://allafrica.com/stories/201303191256.html?aa_source=slideout

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Jama'a al-Islamiya calls on parties to mull civilian security

Jama'a al-Islamiya calls on parties to mull civilian security | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Egypt Independent 

The Construction and Development Party, Jama’a al-Islamiya’s political arm, called on all political parties Sunday to find ways to use popular committees to restore security, which police have been unable to do, rather than asking the army to fulfill that task.

The party said in a statement Sunday that it does not want the army to be involved in this matter so as not to repeat developments that have taken place in Libya and Syria.

Popular committees formed during the 25 January revolution when police withdrew from the streets. Islamists again formed popular committees when 60 police departments and 34 Central Security Forces camps went on strike earlier this month.

The Jama’a al-Islamiya had organized a demonstration with motorcycles Wednesday to condemn the violence that took place in Port Said, a city still experiencing instability after clashes between police and demonstrators that left 48 people dead, and forced police to withdraw and hand over the city’s security to the military.

But activists considered the demonstration a declaration that the group has militias ready to replace the police at any time, especially because the group’s statement coincided with the Salafi “Hazemoun” movement — supporters of former presidential hopeful Hazem Salah Abu Ismail — saying it was willing to take up arms if police fail to secure the country, and with prosecutors talking about citizens’ arrest rights.

Jama’a al-Islamiya leaders had been convicted in the 1990s of terrorism and killing tourists as well as Egyptians. But while in prison, they said they revoked their beliefs that had allowed the killing of anyone not applying Sharia.

The group’s statement said popular committees must operate within the law and the Shura Council’s consent, be formed from all spectrums of the Egyptian people as opposed to a single faction, and be controlled by regulations to help police without committing excesses.

The statement ended by saying this call is obligatory for all political groups if they want to safeguard the country’s interests.

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/jama-al-islamiya-calls-parties-mull-civilian-security

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Egypte : deux voleurs battus à mort en public dans un village

Egypte : deux voleurs battus à mort en public dans un village | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Deux Egyptiens accusés de vol ont été battus à mort et leurs corps pendus en public par des habitants dans un village du delta du Nil, a-t-on appris dimanche auprès des services de sécurité.

Les deux hommes ont été capturés alors qu'ils venaient de voler un "touk-touk", un petit véhicule à trois roues importé d'Inde, très populaire dans les campagnes égyptiennes.

Accusés également d'avoir cherché à kidnapper une fillette de quatre ans et d'appartenir à un gang pratiquant les enlèvements, ils ont été battus à mort avant que leurs corps ensanglantés et dénudés soient pendus et exposés en public dans le village de Mahallat el-Ziad, dans le gouvernorat de Gharbeya. Les dépouilles sont ensuite été transportées à la morgue de la ville de Samanoud, selon ces sources.

Ce lynchage survient à un moment où la police traverse une grave crise, avec de nombreux commissariats en grève à travers toute l'Egypte. Cette situation aggrave le sentiment d'insécurité et alimente les craintes de voir apparaître des milices et augmenter les actes d'auto-défense ou les règlements de comptes.

Très critiquée par la population pour sa brutalité et sa servilité à l'égard du régime de l'ancien dictateur Hosni Moubarak, la police se plaint aujourd'hui d'être instrumentalisée par le nouveau pouvoir dominé par les islamistes, et dénonce le manque de moyens pour remplir ses missions dans un pays instable.

Le pays connaît également une polémique sur une volonté supposée des islamistes, en particulier les fondamentalistes salafistes, d'encourager la mise en place de milices pour suppléer des forces de l'ordre défaillantes.

Le président Mohamed Morsi, issu des Frères musulmans, a lui-même réaffirmé ces derniers jours que le maintien de l'ordre public revenait aux policiers, et la puissante armée égyptienne a fait savoir qu'elle ne tolèrerait pas l'apparition de milices.

 

http://www.lorientlejour.com/category/Derni%C3%A8res+Infos/article/805670/Egypte_%3A_deux_voleurs_battus_a_mort_en_public_dans_un_village.html

 

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 Des miliciens égyptiens ont battu deux hommes soupçonnés d’avoir voulu voler un pousse-pousse avant de les dénuder et de les pendre à un arbre près d’une gare routière dans une petite ville du delta du Nil, ont rapporté dimanche des représentants des forces de sécurité.

Cet incident est survenu une semaine après que le bureau du procureur général de l’Égypte eut encouragé les civils à arrêter les personnes qui enfreignent la loi et à les remettre à la police.

Il s’agit de l’un des cas les plus extrêmes de justice populaire à s’être produit depuis le soulèvement ayant entraîné la chute de l’ancien président Hosni Moubarak en 2011. La détérioration de la sécurité dans le pays jumelée à une grève des forces de l’ordre sont à l’origine de l’appel lancé par le procureur général.

La journal officiel Ahram a rapporté sur son site Web que les deux suspects avaient été pris en flagrant délit alors qu’ils tentaient de dérober un pousse-pousse. Il a ajouté que les présumés voleurs avaient été battus mais qu’ils étaient encore vivants lorsque la milice leur avait passé la corde au cou.

Des photos du lynchage montrent les deux suspects morts en sous-vêtements allongés sur le sol, leurs corps couverts de poussière, d’ecchymoses, de sang et de coupures, entourés d’un groupe d’hommes ayant l’air en colère. L’un de ces derniers a un couteau dans les mains alors qu’un autre brandit un bâton ensanglanté.

Selon Ahram, les policiers ont mis du temps à se rendre sur les lieux parce que les habitants avaient bloqué les rues pour protester contre une pénurie de carburant diesel, l’un des nombreux problèmes à affliger l’Égypte.

http://journalmetro.com/monde/276418/egypte-deux-voleurs-lynches-par-des-miliciens/

 

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Egypt: With cops on strike, Islamists will secure streets

Police strike creates security vacuum eagerly filled by radical organizations; despite being armed only with bikes and flags, presence irks President and opposition.

The last few days have seen a surge in Egypt's police force'sstrike, protesting the policies of the Ministry of Interior Affairs and rallying against its handling of the wave of protests that shook the country recently.

 

As the security vacuum - caused by the closing of police station – increases, so does the presence of radical Islamists, eagerly willing to step up and into the shoes of security officials.

With members of the radical Al-Gamah Al-Aslamia organization taking command of the streets of the central city of Asyut and the a-Sheik region in the north as well, we see another freighting testimony to the deteriorating state of Egyptian sovereignty.

 

In a number of videos uploaded to social media networks, members of the radical Islamist organization can be seen in Asyut, riding motorbikes and waving their flags. Some can be seen donning white capes and even vests reminiscent of those worn by Egyptian traffic police, speeding through the city's streets and squares screaming: "Allah Akbar."

 

(Roi Kais / Ynetnews)


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