Egypt Independent: News-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Saudi consulate vehicles set on fire in Suez http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2439182 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/03/04/484151/m.ibraheem2.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">Masked men set fire to two cars belonging to the consulate of Saudi Arabia in the Egyptian city of Suez on Friday morning, local security sources and the state news agency reported.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p>Security sources who spoke on condition of anonymity told Reuters that at least four men threw crude fire bombs also known as Molotov cocktails at the cars, which were parked. State news agency MENA said the cars were parked in a lot in Suez&#39;s Arbaeen district.</p><p>Saudi Arabia has been a strong backer of Egypt since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled Mohamed Morsy of the Muslim Brotherhood last year and the attack appeared to be the first on Saudi property or personnel in Egypt since then.</p><div id="tt-wrappere54d4dd"><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p>Major General Tareq Butcher, director of security in the city, said authorities were working to identify the perpetrators of the attack.</p><p>The embassy of Saudi Arabia in Cairo declined to comment on the incident.</p><p>Tens of thousands of Brotherhood supporters are in jail as part of a security crackdown against the group on the Brotherhood since Morsy&#39;s ouster.</p><p>The Muslim Brotherhood says it is a peaceful movement but authorities accuse its members of being involved in a Sinai Peninsula-based Islamist insurgency that has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers in the 15 months since Morsy&#39;s overthrow.</p><p>Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab allies United Arab Emirates and Kuwait have given Egypt billions in cash and petroleum products since Morsy&#39;s ouster.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:40:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2439182 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/03/04/484151/m.ibraheem2.jpg Former jihadists: MB funds Agnad Misr http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2439176 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/04/02/484151/199760_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Political Islam leaders claimed the Agnad Misr organization is the military wing of the Muslim Brotherhood and expected more attacks by the organization during the academic year in order to overwork security services and enable MB students to organize demonstrations.</p><p>Agnad Misr has claimed responsibility for attacks against the police, the latest was at Cairo University two days ago.</p><p>The MB funds Agnad Misr, like the group dubbed &#39;Brothers 95&#39;, which committed crimes against the Egyptians during the&nbsp;25 January&nbsp;revolution, former jihadist leader&nbsp;Nabil Naeem claimed.</p><p>Sabra al-Qasimi, the dissident Jihad Movement leader, expected Agnad Misr to carry out attacks inside Cairo during the coming period, especially in the areas surrounding universities to tire the security and enable pro-Brotherhood students to demonstrate, causing popular anger.</p><p>Amr Emara, coordinator of the Muslim Brotherhood Dissidents movement, condemned the threats leveled by the organization against military and police forces and threats to avenge the victims of the recent University of Alexandria clashes.</p><p>Hussein Abdel Rahman, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood without Violence, movement accused young MB members of receiving military training by Hamas in Gaza to carry out terrorist acts in Egypt.</p><p><em>Edited translation from&nbsp;Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:18:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2439176 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/04/02/484151/199760_0.jpg Sohag detectives reveal how three family members were killed http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2439170 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2012/01/30/72636/mosadas.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Sohag detectives, headed by Brigadier General Hussein Hamid, unraveled the mysterious killing of three family members who were shot dead while riding a motorcycle in front of their house in Maragha, Sohag.</p><p>Major General Ibrahim Saber, head of &nbsp;Sohag Security Directorate, had&nbsp;received a notification from the police station of Maragha about the shooting of Mahmoud Mohamed Abdel Bary, a 41-year-old worker, his wife Safaa Mohamed Omran, a 30-year-old housewife and their 5-year-old child Nada.</p><p>According to investigations the victims&#39; neighbors A.Awad, a 27-year old worker and his 25-year-old sister S. were behind the incident.</p><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">The defendants were arrested and confessed to have killed the victims due to disputes on inheritance.</span></p><p><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:55:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2439170 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2012/01/30/72636/mosadas.jpg Death of three students highlights growing negligence at schools http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2439140 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/03/16/484151/trq_wjyh_13.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The death of three school children in Cairo&rsquo;s Matariya, Giza&rsquo;s Atfih and the province of Matrouh has shed more light on the growing negligence at schools in terms of lack of periodic maintenance.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>One of the students died when a glass panel fell from the classroom&rsquo;s window on his neck; the second died under a collapsing school gate; and the third was hit by the vehicle carrying students&rsquo; rations.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But life dangers are found at other schools across the republic.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In the Red Sea province, 250 students at Hurghada elementary school are in danger every day at a shabby building annexed to the school for which a demolition order has been issued. The school&rsquo;s board had approached authorities to carry out the decision, which stated that the building was near collapse.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Ahmed Mohamed Hussein, a member of the school&rsquo;s board, says an inspection report submitted 20 years ago by the General Authority for Educational Buildings confirmed that cracks were found inside the concrete beams on the ground floor.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Taha Bekheit, who heads the Red Sea&rsquo;s education department, says the implementation of the demolition order is the responsibility of the Education Buildings Authority, stressing that if the building was posing any danger to students&rsquo; lives it would be evacuated.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In Qena, observers of the educational process in the province have lambasted what they describe as &ldquo;deliberate&rdquo; negligence by the municipality at the city of Farshout, where officials failed to carry out another demolition order for Sheikh Khallaf Elementary School.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Some parents called for an urgent solution for the situation which endangers the lives of more than 400 students. Mohamed Al-Sayyed, one student&rsquo;s parent, says citizens had submitted several memos to official authorities, noting that the absence of a wall surrounding the school had encouraged some farmers to herd their animals inside.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Abu Khalil Primary School in Shariqya&rsquo;s Faqous has also been suffering disregard by officials, according to citizens. Ahmed Suleiman, one of the parents, says the school&rsquo;s roof was made of wood, which is penetrated by high-tension power cables, something which he describes as &ldquo;a genuine threat to the kids.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The school&rsquo;s headmaster, Ahmed Mansour, said that it was established in 1998 by citizens&rsquo; independent efforts, but was later joined by the educational buildings authority in 2000. Since then, he had sent several memos to officials at the authority to remove away the cables.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In Matrouh, 50 students in the one-class Saloufa school are in danger of falling in an open water well that locals use to store rainwater.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sources at the province&rsquo;s education department explained that the school is 45 kilometers away from the capital, Marsa Matrouh, adding it was established independently by citizens and lacks genuine educational services.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:15:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2439140 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/03/16/484151/trq_wjyh_13.jpg