Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Safaga Port Customs thwart attempt to smuggle large quantities of banned pesticides http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2451051 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/05/27/1755/safaga_port.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The Safaga Port Customs say on Wednesday they foiled an attempt to smuggle large quantities of banned pesticides into the country.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The pesticides were hidden in paint boxes in a truck on board a ferry coming from Saudi Arabia.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 27 May 2015 16:03:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2451051 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/05/27/1755/safaga_port.jpg Constitution Party: We asked Sisi to amend the protest law, release prisoners of conscience http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2451049 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/05/27/1755/hala_shukrallah.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Hala Shukrallah, head of the Constitution Party, said the party asked President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to amend the protest law and release prisoners of conscience at his meeting with the political parties.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She said the party also requested that the government clarify its position toward corruption, monopoly and the return of the ruling class that had marred the political and economic life.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She added that all parties requested Sisi to encourage the youths of the revolution rather than accuse them of treason, as some politicians and media personnel do.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:59:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2451049 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/05/27/1755/hala_shukrallah.jpg Hamas calls on Egypt to reopen Rafah crossing http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2451046 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2012/02/24/228/hos_2809.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Hamas has called on Egypt to open the Rafah border crossing, labelling the demand a &ldquo;political and humanitarian cause&rdquo;.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Hamas&rsquo;s political bureau chief, Ismail Haniyeh, called Wednesday for the Egyptian authorities to open the crossing which, he said, is of political and humanitarian importance, being Gaza&rsquo;s only pathway to the outer world.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Egypt has kept its main crossing to Hamas-run Gaza Strip closed since the ouster of its former president, and major Hamas ally, Mohamed Morsi in 2013, only opening it occasionally to let patients and students&nbsp;pass back to the enclave.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Egypt accuses Hamas-- in charge of Gaza since 2006-- of backing terrorist attacks on its security forces in the Sinai Peninsula, and views the Palestinian faction as an extension of the Muslim Brotherhood which it brands a terrorist organization.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Hamas has repeatedly stressed it does not intervene in Egypt&rsquo;s affairs nor pose any danger to its security.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;Egypt&rsquo;s security is part of ours... to open the crossing and for the stranded to be returned is good, but not enough,&rdquo; Haniyeh said, adding that thousands of Palestinians are still stranded outside Gaza, while thousands others of patients, students and businessmen are waiting for the crossing to open to move out of Gaza.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from AFP</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:58:00 +0000 AFP 2451046 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2012/02/24/228/hos_2809.jpg Egypt frees 40 Palestinians: Gaza Interior Ministry http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2451047 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/01/11/499612/high_court_in_downtown_cairo.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Egyptian authorities have released 40 Palestinian detainees, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in the GAza Strip said Tuesday.</p><p>The ministry said in a Facebook statement that Egypt has allowed the freed Palestinians to cross Rafah border crossing into the Gaza Strip.</p><p>Egyptian authorities have yet to comment on the report.</p><p>In January, Egypt freed 45 Palestinians after being detained for &quot;illegal&quot; entry.</p> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:04:00 +0000 Anadolu Agency 2451047 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/01/11/499612/high_court_in_downtown_cairo.jpg