CAIRO: An Egyptian military court sentenced eight members of the Islamic State group to death on Wednesday for a deadly attack against the army in 2016, several regime sources told the Media.
The court in Ismailia in the country’s northeast also sentenced 32 people to life imprisonment – a term of 25 years under Egyptian law – while two others were given 15 years. Two defendants were acquitted, a military source said.
The eight who were sentenced to death were not present in court, a judicial source told AFP without elaborating.
The accused were tried for “the killing of several soldiers and the attack on a checkpoint and an army vehicle” in 2016, the military source said, without giving further details.
All were identified as members of the Egyptian branch of IS, which has led an insurgency in North Sinai and carried out several attacks across the country. Egypt’s army launched a major offensive in February dubbed “Sinai 2018” to dislodge the insurgents from the peninsula.
More than 450 suspected jihadists and around 30 Egyptian soldiers have been killed since the offensive began, the army said in October.
S. Arabia to participate in 50th Cairo Int’l Book Fair
CAIRO: Saudi Arabia will participate in the golden jubilee of the Cairo International Book Fair to be held from January 22 to February 5, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said today.
In a statement, the Saudi Cultural Attaché affirmed that the Saudi pavilion would highlight the historic depth of fraternal bonds between the two countries as well as a number of cultural activities, SPA added.
Protests in Sudan leave at least 24 dead
KHARTOUM: At least 24 people have been killed in Sudan since protests began on 19th Dec over the country ’s deteriorating economy, the country’s public officer said today.
A total of 131 people were also injured during the protests, Amir Mohamed Ibrahim said at a news conference.
Sudan has been rocked by protests since mid-December, with demonstrators decrying the government’s seeming inability to rein in rampant inflation and acute commodity shortages.
A nation of 40 million people, Sudan has struggled to recover from the loss of three-quarters of its oil output – its main source of foreign currency when South Sudan seceded in 2011.
Relevant: Sudanese police fired tear gas Sunday at crowds of anti-government protesters in Khartoum after organizers called for nationwide rallies against President Omar al-Bashir. Protesters chanting “peace, peace” and “revolution is the people’s choice” took to the streets in the capital’s district of Bahari, but were quickly confronted by riot police, witnesses told Media. Protests that first erupted on December 19 over a government decision to triple the price of bread have swiftly escalated into broader demonstrations against Bashir’s three-decade rule.
Egypt police kill 6 militants in the shootout
CAIRO: Egyptian police killed six suspected Islamist militants in a shootout early Saturday in the country’s south, the interior ministry said.
The clashes broke out during a police raid on a militant hideout in a mountainous area on the edge of the southern province of Sohag, some 460 kilometers (285 miles) south of Cairo, the ministry said in a
Police seized weapons and ammunition, it added. The operation is part of “the interior ministry’s efforts to confront terrorist organizations aiming to undermine security and stability” in Egypt, it said.
Egypt has been battling an Islamist insurgency following the 2013 ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, who was forced out by the military in the face of mass protests against his rule.
Attacks have largely been concentrated in the turbulent northern Sinai region, but have also taken place elsewhere across the country.
Egypt launched in February a wide-scale operation centered on North Sinai to wipe out jihadists, including members of the Islamic State group, spearheading the insurgency there.