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Tuesday,21 August, 2018
Issue 1129, 3 - 9 January 2013

Ahram Weekly


Al-Ahram Weekly

Mubarak’s state
OUSTED president Hosni Mubarak has a build-up of fluid in his lungs plus cracked ribs, Egypt’s official news agency MENA reported, after he was transferred from prison to Al-Maadi military hospital for treatment.
The prosecutor-general ordered Mubarak’s transfer on Thursday after his health deteriorated, a prosecution source said, more than a week after he was briefly hospitalised as a result of slipping in a prison bathroom and hurting his head.
MENA reported late on Thursday that X-rays showed that Mubarak fractured several ribs in the fall and also had a build-up of fluid in the membranes lining the lungs. The agency cited a medical report prepared at the prosecutor-general’s request.
“He will stay in the hospital for about 15 days,” Mohamed Abdel-Razek, Mubarak’s lawyer, told Reuters.
“The president’s health is stable, thank God. He underwent X-rays on his body and now he will get proper treatment in the hospital for all the bone problems he has been suffering from.”
Mubarak, who is serving a life sentence for his role in the killing of protesters during the uprising that led to his resignation in February 2011, will return to jail after treatment, the prosecution source said.
A court sentenced the veteran strongman to life in June for failing to prevent the killings of protesters during the 18-day revolt that ended his three-decade rule. Some 850 people died in the uprising.
Since his fall from power, Mubarak’s health has appeared to worsen significantly, and he has had repeated health scares.
He spent nearly a month in hospital after falling unconscious on 19 June, with state media declaring him clinically dead on arrival. Medical sources, however, said he appeared to have fallen into a temporary coma.
During his time in power, the subject of Mubarak’s health was very much off limits. In 2004, he underwent surgery in Germany for a slipped disc, and he returned to Germany in March 2010 for the removal of his gall bladder and a growth on the small intestine.

Ameriya on strike
HUNDREDS of people from Ameriya city, northern Alexandria, cut off the Alexandria Cairo to protest against the government negligence to the city’s basic needs since the revolution.
Traffic at the entrance of Alexandria governorate was jammed for several hours until local officials promised the protesters to listen to their complains and take the necessary measures as soon as possible.
Protesters said that Ameriya does not have a sewerage network until now and sewage water has been flooding the streets for weeks and the government made no move despite the hundreds of complains that were submitted to the residence of the Alexandria governor.
Residents of the city also complained that the daily electricity cut off for hours due to the deterioration of the power plant which serve the city.

Suspected of espionage
AN ISRAELI army officer in the Taba region of the Sinai Peninsula has been detained in Egypt for sneaking through the border, but his mother and Israeli media said he was a civilian pro-Palestinian activist.
On Tuesday, the Nuweiba prosecutor said the officer was remanded in custody for four days for investigation.
The Egyptian state news agency MENA said the man was a Tel Aviv resident of Russian origin who was not carrying a passport, and that his name had not been on tourist arrival lists.
An Egyptian state security source said the man was an army officer who had been detained on Saturday and was still being interrogated.
“An Israel man was arrested on Monday in Taba on suspicion of espionage. He was remanded today in police custody for four days pending investigation,” the source said.
The suspect “infiltrated into Egypt through a mountainous area near Taba,” the source added.  
But Israeli media reported that Andrei Pshenichnikov, a known pro-Palestinian activist, had crossed into Egypt with the intention of entering the Gaza Strip, an area that is off limits to Israelis for security reasons.
His mother, Svetlana, told Israel Radio that he was in custody in Egypt and that he had intended to travel via Sinai to Cairo to rendezvous with friends from France.
“He received his visa to visit Egypt and went to Eilat, intending to cross into Egypt, tour the area and then go to Cairo, but Israeli police stopped him at the border and said he had tried to cross the border illegally. They held him for several days and demanded he sign an undertaking not to go to Cairo, but he refused,” his mother said.
She added that her son was eventually released by Israeli authorities after his Israeli and Russian passports had been confiscated, but that later in the day he had called from Taba and said he had been detained there by Egyptian authorities.
“After he finished his army service, he supported Palestinians, and later rented an apartment in a refugee camp in Bethlehem to prove to the locals that there are Israelis who are in favour of peace,” Svetlana added, in poor Hebrew with a heavy Russian accent.
Egyptian security sources in Sinai said the detainee had been gathering information about Sinai from drivers in the area near the Taba border crossing between Egypt and Israel.
In October 2011, Egypt freed a US-Israeli citizen under a prisoner exchange after he was arrested in Cairo and accused of working for Israel’s Mossad spy agency and sowing sectarian strife in Egypt, allegations he denied.

Christmas celebrations at Sharm El-Sheikh
TOURISM Minister Hisham Zazou, joined hundreds of tourists celebrating Christmas day in the Heavenly Cathedral in Sharm El Sheikh on the seventh of January. The mass was attended by around 600 people, mostly from Russia, Ukraine, and some Copts who live in Sharm El Sheikh. Zazou was accompanied by South Sinai Governor Khaled Foda, and a press delegation.  The cermon was read in Russian by Bishop Arcahni from the Russian Orthodox Church, with Bishops from the Egyptian Orthodox Church amongst the attendance. This is the second year in a row such celebration takes place, inviting a bishop from Russia, since the majority of the guests are mostly from this region.
The Heavenly Cathedral was inaugurated in 2008 by the late Pope Shenoda III the 117th Pope and Patriarch of the Church of Alexandria, and under the auspices of Father Apollo Bishop of South Sinai.  Work in the cathedral took six years which was constructed and ornamented by Egyptian architects and artists only.
On the night before the celebration, Zazou held a press conference for Egyptian investors and members of the press, where he discussed several problems facing the tourism industry in Egypt. The investors expressed their concerns regarding the new state possession law, that it might be a repelling force for foreign investors and tourists who want to buy property and reside in Egypt. During the conference Zazou also highlighted briefly his plan to revive tourism in 2013.

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