195 Egyptian expats stuck in Kuwait arrive in Cairo on exceptional flight

Cairo International Airport - WikipediaCAIRO – 12 May 2020: An exceptional flight operated by Kuwait Airways and carrying 195 Egyptians whose residency expired in the Gulf country landed in Cairo International Airport on Tuesday.The passengers will be screened before their transportation to university dorms where they will be quarantined for 14 days.On May 5, Egypt launched an air bridge to bring back 5,300 expats in Kuwait who have been staying there illegally after the expiry of their residence. Those are being quarantined in university dorms free of charge.On May 6 and May 10, 450 and 490 returned, respectively. On each of those days, three flights were operated.Aviation suspension in Egypt began on March 19, except for domestic and cargo flights. Also, tourists who had arrived before the date were allowed to complete their program, and leave on dates scheduled beforehand.A number of tourists requested to remain in Egypt as COVID-19 outbreak took its toll on their countries. Hence, Egyptian authorities approved as long as they go through coronavirus tests instructing the travel agencies to ensure the visitors' visas duration is extended by the Ministry of Interior, and informing their respective countries of their desire.On April 21, the Ministry of Civil Aviation resumed exceptional flights to bring home stranded Egyptians starting with Lebanon.An exceptional flight carrying 233 stranded Egyptians from UK's Heathrow Airport landed in Marsa Alam on May 10.

Source:Egypt Today

May 12, 2020 14:03 UTC


Tripoli's Mitiga Airbase used to pilot Turkish drones is threat to civilians: LNA spox

Libyan military spokesperson Ahmed al-Mesmary - ReutersLibyan Armed Forces kill commander of Turkey-backed Syrian armed group CAIRO - 11 May 2020: The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced on Sunday the killing of a high-profile Syrian mercenary who was transported by Turkey to fight in the ranks of Tripoli militias. The LNA carried out an operation in Ain Zara town southern the capital to target Mohamed Hendawy who is the commander of the second corps at Turkey-backed armed group, the National Syrian Army. CAIRO – 12 May 2020: Spokesperson of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Ahmed al-Mesmary admitted striking Tripoli's Mitiga Airbase by a number of missiles because the site has become a security threat not only to military concentrations but also to civilians in Tripoli and surrounding areas.That is because the airbase is used by Turkey to pilot drones that target LNA concentrations, civilians, and vehicles transporting supplies to towns and cities located near the capital such as Misrata, Tarhouna, and others. "We hit any military or semi-military targets as well as any civilian sites that are used for military purposes," Memsary said quoting texts from international laws that allow targeting civilian locations if used by military entities.The LNA lies few kilometers from Mitiga airbase, which has prompted militias to target Al Watiyah district western Tripoli with the aim of achieving advances and taking over Oqba Ibn Nafea Airbase to be the alternative, Mesmary highlighted in April.The LNA recovered Sirte from militias in January, and has been encircling Tripoli and Misrata advancing in their suburbs and deterring attacks by militias.Mesmary praised the joint statement issued by Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, UAE, and France to denounce the Turkish military intervention in Libya.In December, Turkey signed with the Government of National Accord (GNA), which is an interim non-elected government that is recognized by the United Nations, two MoUs on defense and gas drilling in the Mediterranean.Since January, Turkey has been transporting Syrian mercenaries into the North Africa state, and sending military officers and experts to command the operations rooms of the militias affiliated to the GNA.

Source:Egypt Today

May 12, 2020 12:56 UTC


President Sisi extends greetings to nurses on their international day

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi' speech marking Africa Day occasion on May 25 - press photoCAIRO – 12 May 2020: On International Nurses Day marking May 12, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi extended his greetings to workers in the nursing field.The president expressed appreciation and respect for nurses on behalf of himself and the Egyptian people for "the precious sacrifices they make in order to fulfill their humanitarian duty honorably and zealously. "The president highlighted that nurses, at this arduous phase, are proving their competence and loyalty towards their homeland and people.The Nursing Syndicate announced on Tuesday the sixth death among its members because of COVID-19 in addition to 55 infections. The Syndicate's chairwoman, Kawthar Mahmoud, stated that Egypt has 250,000 nurses who offer 70 percent of care to in-patients at medical establishments.The rate of infection with the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Egypt recorded 346 cases on Monday after it reached the highest figure (495 cases) at the beginning of this week, according to the ministry of health’s daily briefing.The Health Ministry said 346 people in Egypt tested positive for the COVID-19 and 8 people died with the novel virus in the last 24 hours.This brings the total number of cases and deaths to 9,746 and 533 deaths respectively since the crisis started, according to the official figures.The test results of 2,655 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 2,172 people who fully recovered.Also, 97 cases left hospitals after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Source:Egypt Today

May 12, 2020 12:11 UTC


Moody's keeps Egypt's rating at B2 with stable outlook

Moody's - REUTERSCAIRO – 12 May 2020: Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") affirmed Monday the long-term foreign and local currency issuer ratings of the Government of Egypt at B2, and kept the outlook stable.Moody's also affirmed Egypt's foreign currency senior unsecured ratings at B2, and its foreign currency senior unsecured MTN program rating at (P)B2.“The affirmation of the B2 rating and stable outlook reflect Egypt's ongoing credit strengths and challenges that Moody's does not expect to change materially relative to similarly-rated sovereigns through the global shock posed by the coronavirus pandemic. While the coronavirus shock exposes Egypt's credit vulnerabilities, improvements in governance and policy effectiveness in recent years shore up the sovereign's credit profile resilience to the current shock,” it clarified.It explained that the rapid and widening spread of the coronavirus outbreak, deteriorating global economic outlook, falling oil prices, and asset price declines are creating a severe and extensive credit shock across many sectors, regions and markets. “The combined credit effects of these developments are unprecedented. For Egypt, the shock propagates through pressure on external financing requirements, diminished tourism receipts and remittances and slower growth.”According to corporation, Egypt's government's large funding requirements and weak debt affordability driven by a high interest bill expose it to a sharp tightening in financing conditions triggered by the coronavirus.“However, at this stage, Moody's assesses that a track record of economic and fiscal reform implementation and demonstrated capacity to manage significant shocks reduce the likelihood of global financial market disruption severely affecting Egypt. The short-term country ceilings for foreign-currency bonds and deposits remain unchanged at Not Prime (NP).

Source:Egypt Today

May 12, 2020 12:11 UTC


Share of renewable energy in total power generated in Egypt to remain the same in 2020

Solar installers from Baker Electric place solar panels on the roof of a residential home in California, U.S. October 14, 2016- ReutersCAIRO – 11 May 2020: The share of renewable energy in the total amount of power generated in Egypt annually is speculated to remain the same in 2020 compared to 2019.Chairman of New and Renewable Energy Mohamed al-Khayat told Egypt Today that the amount expected to be generated of such type of energy by the end of 2020 is 6,000 megawatts.The breakdown is 1,465 megawatts of solar energy generated in Aswan's Benban Solar Station, 580 megawatts of wind energy generated in Hurghada's Gabal al-Zeit Wind Farm, 250 megawatts of wind energy generated in other wind farms, and 3,000 megawatts of hydropower.The total amount of renewable energy generated on grid until present is 5,800 megawatts. It is planned that the share of renewable energy in the total amount of energy generated becomes 20 percent in 2022 and 42 percent in 2035.In 2019, the amount of renewable energy generated rose by 2,000 megawatts to record 6,000 megawatts composing 11 percent of the 55,000 megawatts generated in Egypt annually.With a total of 300 wind turbines at a total cost of LE 12 billion ($670.64 million), the overall capacity of the three phases of Gabal al-Zeit Wind Farm is 580 megawatts. The first completed phase contains 120 turbines with a capacity of 240 megawatts, while the second and third projects will have 110 turbines with a capacity of 220 megawatts and 60 turbines with a capacity of 120 megawatts, respectively. The project was launched in 2015.Benban solar station includes 32 plants, and is considered the largest solar power project in the world and was funded by the World Bank with a total value of $653 million.The total value of the project is $2 billion for a total power generation of up to 1600 megawatts. The project is carried out with the participation of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and a large number of major international companies.

Source:Egypt Today

May 11, 2020 12:56 UTC


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