Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Falcon Group takes over security procedures at Sharm al-Sheikh airport http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2473152 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/11/06/499612/airport_of_the_red_sea_resort_of_sharm_el-sheikh.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Security services company Falcon Group assumed control of security operations at Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport on Saturday morning, taking responsibility for all security procedures inside the airport buildings.</p><p>The handover ceremony at the airport was attended by Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy, South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda, the manager of the airport Emad al-Balasi, and Falcon Group CEO Sherif Khaled.</p><p>Fouda said that the company is now responsible for security and inspection procedures for luggage at all gates and halls, while police forces will handle security outside the airport.</p><p>He added that some 5,000 personnel from the company have been in Sharm al-Sheikh for several weeks, undergoing training on their various tasks at the airport.</p><p>Egypt have made several moves in recent months to tighten all-round airport security, hoping to regain the trust of the international community and airlines since the downing of a Russian plane outside Sharm el-Sheikh last year, killing all 224 passengers and crew on board.</p><p>Russia and several Western countries halted flights to Sharm since that time, adding to the woes of Egypt&rsquo;s struggling tourism sector. The tourism industry is one cornerstone of the Egyptian economy and an important source for foreign currency, along with Suez Canal revenues.</p> Sat, 01 Oct 2016 13:21:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2473152 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/11/06/499612/airport_of_the_red_sea_resort_of_sharm_el-sheikh.jpg Severed head of ISIS kidnapping victim found in Rafah, making 10 civilians killed in one week http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2473140 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/05/23/484151/rafah_12.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>The severed head of a man kidnapped by the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) has been found in the street in the Hurriyah neighborhood of Rafah city.<br /><br />The terrorist group has been killing both civilians in Arish, Rafah, and Shaikh Zowaied for &ldquo;co-operating with army and police forces&rdquo; in their anti-terrorism operations in North Sinai.<br /><br />People in the city recognized the victim as Mohamed Salama Mubarak. The 30-year-old mane was kidnapped by ISIS a while ago.<br /><br />The killing of Mohamed brings the number of civilians killed by ISIS during the past week to 10.<br /><br />The head has been transferred to the mortuary at Rafah General Hospital for inspection by forensic scientists and investigators working on the case..<br /><br />Egyptian military and security forces have been battling a mounting insurgency in Sinai since the removal of former President Mohamed Morsi in June 2013.<br /><br />Militants linked to ISIS frequently conduct ambushes, mortar attacks and roadside bombs in the North Sinai governorate. Security forces are often the target, and reports of attacks on security personnel and conscripts are a weekly occurrence.<br /><br />Terrorists have also engaged in a large number of kidnappings and assassinations, including of police personnel and justice officials.<br />&nbsp;</p> Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:39:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2473140 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/05/23/484151/rafah_12.jpg Private school fees increased by ministerial decree, new rates charged retroactively http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2473119 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/09/30/505446/rtspblh.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="ltr">Education Minister Al-Helaly al-Sherbiny has announced an increase in fees for private schools, both Arabic-language and foreign-language.</p><p dir="ltr">The move came in a ministerial decree on Thursday, and applies to the next four academic years, until the 2020/2021 school year. However, the new rates also apply to the 2015/2016 school year, with the fees collected retroactively.<br /><br />The increase in fees will be fixed and won&rsquo;t be subject to increase, according to the decree.</p><p><span style="font-size: 1em;">The increase has been set at 11 percent annually for schools whose fees are less than LE2,000, 8 percent for schools whose fees are from LE2,000 and 3,000, 6 percent for schools whose fees are between LE3,000 and 4,000, 4 percent for schools charging from LE4,000 to LE7,000 and 3 percent for schools with fees exceeding LE7,000.<br /><br />Exceptional students, that is students who have a 95 percent average or higher, will be exempted from the increase in fees.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 1em;">The decree coincides with peaceful protests by parents of government school students, particularly in Giza, outside the Ministry of Education building. The parents are objecting to an increase in the age requirement for Empirical Schools, a change that has removed the kindergarten level from such schools.<br /><br /><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></span><br />&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:17:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2473119 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/09/30/505446/rtspblh.jpg Cyprus court orders extradition of Egyptian hijacker http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2473112 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/03/30/504802/hijacker.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>A court in Cyprus on Friday ordered the extradition of an Egyptian who hijacked an aircraft with a fake explosive belt, diverting it to the island in March.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Seif Eldin Mustafa, 59, failed to convince the Nicosia district court that he could not get a fair trial in his home country, the semi-official Cyprus News Agency reported.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mustafa commandeered a domestic Alexandria-Cairo flight with 72 passengers and crew on board on March 29, ordering the pilot to divert to Larnaca airport on the Mediterranean island.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He surrendered about six hours later, after gradually releasing all passengers and crew unharmed. One passenger took &#39;selfies&#39; with Mustafa which were posted on social media.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mustafa had taken charge of the early morning flight by showing flight attendants what appeared to be a belt stuffed with plastic wires and a remote control. After directing the flight to Cyprus, he asked for the release of female prisoners in Egypt, and to come in contact with his Cypriot ex-wife.</div><p>&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:41:00 +0000 Reuters 2473112 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/03/30/504802/hijacker.jpg