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Published in Al-Ahram Weekly on 07 - 03 - 2019


Deadly air crash
SIX Egyptians perished on the Ethiopian Airlines flight which crashed en route to Nairobi, Kenya, from Addis Ababa on Sunday morning. The Egyptians were among 149 passengers from 30 countries in addition to eight crew members. All were killed. Ethiopian Airlines stated that the Boeing 737-800 MAX took off at 8.38am local time from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and lost contact at 8.44am. The plane crashed near Bishoftu, the airlines added, about 45km southeast of the Ethiopian capital.
The airline said it is not clear what caused the accident, adding that it was waiting until the investigation is completed. In an official statement, the Ethiopian prime minister's office expressed “deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones” on the flight.
The last major accident involving an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane was a Boeing 737-800 that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea after taking off from Lebanon in 2010, killing 83 passengers and seven crew members. According to reports, Boeing delivered the plane to Ethiopian airlines in November last year.
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Deported from Malaysia
MALAYSIA has deported six Egyptians suspected of being linked to Islamist militant groups abroad. Five of the suspects allegedly confessed to being part of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, Inspector-General of Police Mohamed Fuzi Harun said in a statement on Sunday. The sixth suspect is a member of Ansar Al-Sharia Al-Tunisia, listed as a terrorist group by the United Nations. He had previously been detained for attempting to enter another country illegally in 2016. “Members of this terrorist group are suspected of being involved in plans to carry out large scale attacks in other countries,” Harun said. “As the presence of these foreigners constitutes a security risk, all the suspects have been deported to their native country and recommendations have been made to blacklist them from entering Malaysia for life,” he said.
Malaysia has arrested hundreds of people in the past few years over suspected links to militant groups. A grenade attack on a bar on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur in June 2016 wounded eight people. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, the first on Malaysian soil.
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Wafdist celebration
THE LIBERAL Wafd Party on Sunday celebrated the 100th anniversary of Egypt's 1919 Revolution in the home of Wafd founder and 1919 Revolution leader Saad Zaghloul. Amid pro-Wafdist cheers of “We die and Egypt lives”, members hung the party's flags and photos of Zaghloul and his wife Safeya on the walls and visited Zaghloul's shrine. Chairman of the Wafd Party Bahaaeddin Abu Shokka said that the 1919 Revolution was a symbol for the free will and struggles of the Egyptian people. He explained that since the revolution to this day, the Wafd continues to be “a defender of the state and guardian of the mainland”.
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Tried in Saudi courts
FAMILIES of the five Egyptian fishermen who have been jailed in Saudi Arabia have appealed to Egyptian authorities to press for their release. The fishermen were arrested in Iran in December last year after infiltrating Iranian territorial waters. Due to poor weather conditions, their fishing vessel, legalised in Saudi Arabia, became stranded near Fares Island. After the Egyptian Foreign Ministry urged their release, they were then extradited to Saudi Arabia, being the country where they originally worked, and were put on trial there. The Saudi judiciary sentenced each to three months in prison and fined them 5,000 riyals.


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