Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Policeman remanded into custody over shooting of diver in Basateen http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2472232 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/08/29/504802/egyptian_police_2.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Prosecutors in the Basateen area of south Cairo have ordered a low-ranking policeman to be remanded into custody for four days pending investigations over the killing of one driver and the wounding of another on the Autostrad on Monday.<br /><br />According to an official statement, the incident began with a brawl between two drivers. The police officer intervened, firing a warning shot in the air that killed the victim by mistake, said the statement.<br /><br />The prosecution has ordered the policeman&rsquo;s weapon to be confiscated and sent to a laboratory for examination, along with the empty cartridge. It also ordered a post mortem examination of the victim&#39;s body.<br /><br />During investigations, the suspect said he intervened to settle the dispute &mdash; which took place at a Maadi microbus stop &mdash; and in the process accidentally fired a shot, causing the victim&rsquo;s death.</p><p>Prosecutors have also been keen to talk with the second driver who was injured and is undergoing treatment.<br /><br />Eyewitnesses have been summoned to provide testimony.<br /><br />Drivers staged a strike in the wake of the incident, blocking Maadi traffic and calling for justice for the victim.<br /><br />The incident is the latest in a series of violent &mdash; sometimes deadly &mdash; confrontations between citizens and police officers, with several allegations of deliberate police abuse.<br /><br />However, the Interior Ministry has typically responded by describing the incidents as &ldquo;individual cases&rdquo;, saying that the perpetrators are dealt with as criminal suspects, according to the law.<br /><br />New amendments to the Police Law were passed by parliament in August, banning police officers from abusing their authority by ill-treating civilians in a manner that goes against the law and constitution.<br /><br />Police violations were among the main triggers of the January 25 revolution that toppled Former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.<br /><br /><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:02:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2472232 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/08/29/504802/egyptian_police_2.jpg Weather forecast for Wednesday http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2472231 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/08/30/16030/tak.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Meteorologists predict hot and humid weather on Wednesday in Cairo and Lower Egypt, and hotter weather in the north of Upper Egypt, with a maximum of 33 degrees centigrade in the captial.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Very hot weather is predicted in the south of Upper Egypt. Qena should hit 37C, while Luxor will be around 39C and Aswan around 40C.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The north of Egypt, meanwhile, will be cooler, with Alexandria at 31C, while the Sinai resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh will be a much warmer 37C.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mist will affect visibility on roads in the morning along the north coast, in Cairo, Lower Egypt, and the Suez Canal cities. Medium and low-level clouds are expected along the north coast and Sinai, possibly accompanied by light rain in Sinai.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The wind will be mostly northwesterly and moderate in strength. It will be active in the south of Sinai, the Red Sea, and the Gulf of Suez, possibly disrupting maritime navigation.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Waves on the Mediterranean are expected to average between 2 and 2.5 meters high, while on the Red Sea they should be 2.5 to 3 meters high. A northwesterly surface wind is expected in both seas.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:59:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2472231 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/08/30/16030/tak.jpg Two police conscripts injured as gunman opens fire on Haram Street http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2472220 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/05/09/1755/checkpoint.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Two police conscripts were injured on Monday evening as a gunman opened fire on a security checkpoint located on Haram Street in Giza.<br /><br />The injured men were taken to Haram Hospital for treatment, where their wounds were said to be non-critical.<br /><br />Major General Hesham al-Eraqy, Giza security chief, and Major General Khaled Shalaby, head of Giza investigations department, headed to the scene of the incident to take control of the response.</p><p>Several checkpoints were set up in the area to capture the attacker. So far, security forces have identified no leads in the case.<br /><br />Egyptian military and security forces have been battling a mounting insurgency since the removal of former President Mohamed Morsi in June 2013. Militants linked to the Islamic State terrorist group frequently conduct ambushes, mortar attacks and roadside bomb attacks, mainly in the North Sinai governorate.</p><p>In one of the largest single attacks, at least 15 police personnel were killed in an assault on a checkpoint in Arish, North Sinai. According to news reports, the attack was initiated by a car bomb at the checkpoint, followed by mortar fire.</p><p>Militants from the Sinai Province terrorist group, which is affiliated to Islamic State, later claimed responsibility.</p><p>In a typical attack, militants will detonate explosives and then fire on ambulance crews when they arrive to treat the casualties.</p><p>Though such attacks are mostly confined to the troubled north of the Sinai Peninsula, militant attacks have also been seen in Greater Cairo.<br /><br /><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:45:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2472220 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/05/09/1755/checkpoint.jpg Police officer kills driver with 'warning shot' in Basateen http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2472197 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/08/29/504802/egyptian_police_2.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>A microbus driver was shot dead on Monday by a low-ranking police officer on the Autostrad in the Basateen area of south Cairo, in an incident that officials have described as accidental.<br /><br />According to a statement by the Interior Ministry&#39;s information center, a brawl occurred between the victim and another driver. The police officer intervened, firing a warning shot in the air that killed the victim by mistake, said the statement.<br /><br />The police officer has been arrested and referred to the public prosecution for interrogation.<br /><br />The incident is the latest in a series of incidents of violent &mdash; sometimes deadly &mdash; confrontations between citizens and police officers, with several allegations of deliberate police abuse.<br /><br />In February 2016, a low-ranking police officer killed a 24-year-old driver in Cairo&#39;s Darb al-Ahmar neighborhood, ignighting protests that saw roads blocked and nearby security headquarters surrounded.<br /><br />In January, the Doctors&#39; Syndicate called on the government to bring the police under control after claims that police officers had attacked doctors in hospitals on several occasions.<br /><br />Activists and lawyers have accused police and security personnel of acting with impunity, and demanded that the government take action to protect citizens.<br /><br />However, the Interior Ministry has typically responded by describing the incidents as &ldquo;individual cases&rdquo;, saying that the perpetrators are dealt with as criminal suspects, according to the law.<br /><br />New amendments to the Police Law were passed by parliament in August, banning police officers from abusing their authority by ill-treating civilians in a manner that goes against the law and constitution.<br /><br />Police violations were among the main triggers of the January 25 revolution that toppled Former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.</p> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:23:00 +0000 Egypt Independent 2472197 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/08/29/504802/egyptian_police_2.jpg