Nov 29th, 2017:
This may be one of the shortest presidential bids in history. It lasted only four days – from Nov 29, when former prime minister in the Mubarak era and ex-airforce pilot. Ahmed Shafiq, announced his presidential bid via Youtube, from his exile in the United Emirates.
On Friday November 24th, 2017, during Friday prayers when all Muslims in the little town of El Rawda in northern Sinai were grathered for prayers, people heard an explosion outside the mosque and then the shooting began.
The mosque is named after the town, and is a province of Markaz Deir El Abd, with a population of no more than 1500-2000 people. The terrorists targetted people who tried to escape, cornering everyone inside the mosque. blocking its exists, as they continued to fire randomly for approximately 20 minutes according to eyewitnesses [others claim it was 45 minutes]. Some eyewitnesses said that some of the shooters chased and pursued people all the way to their homes and shot them there. The initial death toll was 50 with 150 injuries reported. However as the day progressed, the death toll rose to 309, among them 27 children, and 140 injured. It is considered the biggest terrorist attack yet in Egypt’s modern history.
Over the past two months some of the announcements that came out of the mouths of Egyptian public officials and media celebrities has been outstanding. Here is a collection of the most memorable:
Although the Egyptian courts have decided beyond reasonable doubt and after extensive reviews of both the government’s and the people’s documents regarding the border demarcation agreement, the Egyptian regime decided to refer the now void agreement to parliament for voting. This is contrary to both the law and the constitution. Everyone knew that once it went to parliament, and given that parliament has been chosen by state security in the first place, they would approve the agreement and ignore the courts. Several lawyers, among them Khaled Ali and Tarek al Awadi filed lawsuits against the government insisting the government should uphold the law and rejecting parliament’s intervention.
In April, the Court of Urgent Matters voided the ruling halting transfer of islands to Saudi Arabia. This lawsuit was not even filed by government but was filed by a lawyer, Ashraf Farahat. This ruling is subject to appeal but also the matter is already at the Constitutional Court which will offer its own ruling in July. Continue reading
Entrance to the Monastery of Anba Samuel the Confessor
convoy of three bus and two smaller buses carrying mostly Coptic children and women on their way to Anba Samuel the Confessor Monastery in Minya, Upper Egypt, has been attacked by 10 masked gunmen, killing 39 29 and injuring 27 others. According to Maghagha Bishopric, the terrorists took all the jewelery and money from the victims before they fled. According to survivors, the militants were dressed in military clothes but the Ministry of Interior said they could not verify this. . In addition, a truck carrying some workers from Minya who work as laborers in the monastery, came upon the convoy and the attack, and the terrorists opened fire on them as well.
Warning of attack
Journalist Nader Shukri says the terrorists threw flyers in the buses after killing the Copts that basically said ‘congratulated people on the beginning of Ramadan and fasting’!! It also had an explanation of the benefits of fasting. ?! صوما مقبولا وذنبا مغفورا وكل سنة وانتم طيبين [Updates to follow as more news becomes available].
Several embassies, among them the US embassy in Cairo, had warned Egypt of an imminent attack the day before.