Egypt Independent: News-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Mehleb visits Toshka project http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2437666 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/05/05/484151/192461_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div><span style="font-size: 14px;">Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb arrived on Wednesday at Abu Simbel Airport and headed to Toshka, accompanied by several ministers, including the minsters of housing, finance, planning, petroleum, agriculture and irrigation.</span></div><div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mehleb told<i>&nbsp;Al-Masry Al-Youm</i>&nbsp;that he is visiting Toshka to see why the project is not progressing, even though more than LE7 billion were spent on it.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The project, which was launched by former president Hosni Mubarak, should have provided new agricultural lands for Egypt.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><div>Controversy has surrounded the project, ongoing since 1997, which has very little to show for the millions of dollars poured into it during a period of 17 years.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Studies have shown that many technical aspects of the project were not taken into consideration before the first ploughs started digging.</div></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mehleb said that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi instructed him to focus on this major project.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The prime minister also spoke of a new mega project that entails reclaiming and cultivating four million acres, which will funded by the Long Live Egypt donation fund that was set up by Sisi in recent weeks.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2437666 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/05/05/484151/192461_0.jpg Five Russian tourists, two Egyptians injured in Ras Mohamed road accident http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2437646 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/05/09/484151/205671_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Five Russian tourists, an Egyptian tour guide and an Egyptian driver were injured when their car flipped in the Ras Mohammed National Reserve in Sharm al-Sheikh.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The car was carrying nine tourists to a diving and safari trip.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Health Ministry Undersecretary in South Sinai Mohamed Lashin said the injured suffer bruises and abrasions but are in a stable condition.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A recent report by CAPMAS said there were 15,578 car accidents in Egypt in 2013, up 0.4 percent from the year before, which claimed the lives of 6,716 people and injured 22,411 others.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from MENA</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:56:00 +0000 MENA 2437646 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/05/09/484151/205671_0.jpg Source: Flights from Cairo to Tel Aviv as scheduled http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2437664 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/06/26/484151/marouf_4.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>A navigational source at Cairo International Airport said on Wednesday that flights heading to Tel Aviv are still operating as scheduled and that none of them were canceled due to the unstable situation in Israel.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Air Sinai, the only Egyptian carrier which operates direct flights to Tel Aviv, is scheduled to make a flight to Israel on Thursday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Jordanian Airlines flights heading to Amman, which is the second destination for passengers heading from Cairo to Tel Aviv via Amman, did not cancel any flights,&quot; the source added. &quot;Four flights are scheduled by the airline company.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Several carriers had canceled flights to Tel Aviv after Hamas and its allies fired rockets into Israel, triggering sirens in Tel Aviv. One rocket reportedly hit a town on the outskirts of Ben-Gurion International Airport.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Anadolu Agency</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:52:00 +0000 Anadolu Agency 2437664 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/06/26/484151/marouf_4.jpg Two Egyptian workers killed in Libya clashes http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2437656 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/05/25/94/libyan_dissident_army_general_khalfa_haftar.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div class="im" style="color: rgb(80, 0, 80); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px;"><p style="font-size: 14.399999618530273px; color: rgb(119, 119, 119); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal;">Two Egyptian workers were killed after a shell inadvertently fell on them during clashes between pro-Libyan retired General Khalifa Haftar forces and Ansar al-Sharia in al-Hawary area, Benghazi.</span></p></div><div>The victims were identified as Ahmed Ragab Tawfiq and Rabei Mohamed Salem.</div><div class="im" style="color: rgb(80, 0, 80); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px;"><div style="color: rgb(119, 119, 119); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="color: rgb(119, 119, 119); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">Six shells were fired on the houses of both workers in Boatny district in front of a special forces camp in Benghazi.</div><div style="color: rgb(119, 119, 119); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="color: rgb(119, 119, 119); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">Clashes erupted Monday leaving at least 16 people dead and 100 other injured.&nbsp;</div><div style="color: rgb(119, 119, 119); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">&nbsp;</div></div><div>In recent months, Benghazi saw the assassination of military and security officials, the killing of civilians and the abduction of foreign workers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from&nbsp;Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:35:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2437656 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/05/25/94/libyan_dissident_army_general_khalfa_haftar.jpg