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Egypt’s el-Sisi backs December elections in Libya (Al Jazeera)

El-Sisi stressed the importance of the upcoming elections [File: Iakovos Hatzistavrou/Pool via AFP]

El-Sisi stressed the importance of the upcoming elections [File: Iakovos Hatzistavrou/Pool via AFP]

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has pledged support for elections in Libya in talks with the North African country’s interim prime minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah.

Sisi “stressed the importance of the upcoming Libyan elections in respecting and activating the free will of the … Libyan people,” a presidency statement said on Thursday.

Egypt’s el-Sisi backs December elections in Libya | Abdel Fattah el-Sisi News | Al Jazeera

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Israel/Palestine/Egypt. Israel, Egypt leaders meet to de-escalate Gaza tensions (Al Jazeera)

The meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi likely focused on de-escalating tensions between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza Strip, and could lead to an easing of restrictions on the occupied enclave, analysts say.

The two leaders met for talks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and bilateral ties in the first official trip by an Israeli leader to Egypt in a decade.

Israel, Egypt leaders meet to de-escalate Gaza tensions | Israel-Palestine conflict News | Al Jazeera

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USA/Egypt. US to place conditions on fraction of aid to Egypt: US media (Joseph Stepansky, Al Jazeera)

The United States will withhold $130m in security assistance to Egypt this year, releasing the funds only if the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ends the prosecution of rights and civil society organisations.

Washington also demanded the release of 16 American prisoners in return for the aid, US media reported on Monday.

US to place conditions on fraction of aid to Egypt: US media | Abdel Fattah el-Sisi News | Al Jazeera

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Egypt. ‘Shootouts’ Disguise Apparent Extrajudicial Executions (HRW)

A drawing of parents claiming their dead son's body.

Egypt’s Interior Ministry police and National Security Agency officers have in recent years apparently killed dozens of alleged “terrorists” across the country in unlawful extrajudicial executions they contend are “shootouts,” Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

Egypt: ‘Shootouts’ Disguise Apparent Extrajudicial Executions | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Egypt. Al-Sisi Is Leaving the Sick to Suffer in Egypt’s Prisons (Amr Magdi, HRW)

On July 25, the family of 69-year-old Abd al-Moniem Abu al-Fotouh, the detained leader of the Strong Egypt Party, said he had suffered symptoms resembling a heart attack the night before while in solitary confinement in Cairo’s notorious Tora Prison. According to the family, Abu al-Fotouh, who is a doctor himself, knocked on his cell door the whole night, asking for help in vain from the prison guards.

Al-Sisi Is Leaving the Sick to Suffer in Egypt’s Prisons | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Egypt/Gaza. Egypt partially reopens Rafah border crossing with Gaza (Al Jazeera)

Egypt says it has partially reopened the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip, allowing one-way traffic into the besieged Palestinian enclave, as Israel eases import restrictions for the territory it has blockaded since 2007.

Rafah, Gaza’s only gateway to the outside world not controlled by Israel, was shuttered on Monday by Egypt, which gave no reason for the move.

Egypt partially reopens Rafah border crossing with Gaza | Gaza News | Al Jazeera

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Egypt/Gaza. Egypt Closes Gaza Border Amid Tensions with Hamas (VoA)

Egypt closed its main border crossing point with the Gaza Strip on Monday amid tensions with the territory’s militant Hamas rulers, officials said.

It was the first time the Rafah crossing was shuttered during a workday since early this year. Egyptian authorities had kept it open during the 11-day war between Israel and Hamas in May.

Officials: Egypt Closes Gaza Border Amid Tensions with Hamas | Voice of America – English (voanews.com)

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Egypt/Israel/Hamas – Report: Egypt seeking to avoid renewed escalation between Israel and Hamas (Middle East Eye)

Egypt has made contact with Israel and leaders of the Palestinian Hamas movement in the besieged Gaza Strip in an attempt to prevent renewed military escalation, according to a news report by Al-Araby Al-Jadeed. The London-based newspaper reported on Tuesday that Egypt has invited Israeli officials for “an urgent meeting” in Cairo in the coming days.

Report: Egypt seeking to avoid renewed escalation between Israel and Hamas | Middle East Eye

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Egypt/North Sinai – Attack kills eight Egyptian troops in Sinai (Al Jazeera)

Egypt has been battling armed groups in northern Sinai for years [File: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA]

Egypt has been battling armed groups in northern Sinai for years [File: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA]

A roadside bomb exploded in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, killing eight members of Egypt’s security forces, including an officer, while six others were wounded. The troops were riding an armoured vehicle when the bomb went off in New Rafah, a town on the border with the Gaza Strip, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media.

Attack kills eight Egyptian troops in Sinai | Conflict News | Al Jazeera

 

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