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Egypt, Hamas agree on proposal for prisoner swap with Israel â€" report

IDF soldiers Oron Shaul (left) and Hadar Goldin (right) (Flash90)IDF soldiers Oron Shaul (left) and Hadar Goldin (right) (Flash90)

Hamas and Egypt and have reached agreement on the details of a prisoner exchange between the terror group and Israel, the Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, the agreement was reached during recent meetings between Egyptian intelligence officials and Hamas leaders.

Last week, a senior Egyptian delegation headed by Sameh Nabil, director of the Palestine Portfolio in Egypt’s General Intelligence Service, met for five hours with Hamas leaders Ismail Haniyeh and Yehya Sin war in the Gaza Strip.

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During the discussions, the two sides reached agreement on the number and details of the Palestinian prisoners who would be included in a prisoner swap with Israel, the report said.

A draft of the purported deal has been presented to the Israeli “inner cabinet” for approval, according to the newspaper, a possible reference to the security cabinet. However, the cabinet last week rejected some of the names of the prisoners slated for release, it added.

One of the names ostensibly rejected by Israel is Hassan Salameh, a Hamas terrorist serving 48 life sentences and another 30 years for his role in a wave of terror attacks against Israelis. Salameh, a former commander of Hamas’s military wing, Izaddin Al Qassam, was arrested in 1996.

Illustrative: Hamas members watch as a bus carrying Palestinian prisoners arrives at the Rafah crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip on October 18, 2011. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90)

Hamas is also demanding the release of scores of former prisoners who were rearrested by Israel after they were freed as part of the 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange. Hamas insists that the former prisoners be released as a precondition for entering negotiations to reach a new prisoner agreement â€" a demand that has been rejected by Israel.

The newspaper said that Israel has made it clear to the Egyptians that the former prisoners can be released only in the framework of a new prisoner exchange agreement because they have been sentenced once again after violating the terms of the Shalit deal.

The Egyptians, the report said, have asked Hamas for information about two slain IDF soldiers whose remains it is beli eved to be holding in the Gaza Strip. The two, Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, were killed during the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, which has since refused to provide any details about them.

The terror group is also believed to be holding two Israeli civilians who entered Gaza of their own volition, Avraham Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed.

Avraham Avera Mengistu, 28, who Israel believes is being held captive by Hamas. (Facebook)

The Egyptians are proposing that Israel release jailed Palestinian minors and women in return for information about the condition of the soldiers, the report said.

It said Egypt’s General Intelligence Service was hoping to achieve a prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas as part of package that would include a long-term truce and a Hamas pledge to stop building cross-border attack tunnels and preparing for war.

The re ported proposed package also calls for dialogue between Hamas and Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In return, Hamas would be rewarded with the lifting of the blockade on the Gaza Strip, the reopening of the border crossings in the coastal enclave, and freedom of travel for its leaders. In addition, the Arab countries would resume financial aid to institutions in the Gaza Strip, the newspaper said.

It said that the Egyptians and the Arabs were demanding that Hamas, in return, distance itself from Iran.

The Egyptian intelligence officials who visited the Gaza Strip last week discussed with Hamas leaders the latest developments surrounding the proposed prisoner swap and asked that a senior team from the terror group arrive in Cairo for further talks on this subject, the report said.

On Tuesday, a Hamas delegation headed by senior officials Saleh Arouri and Musa Abu Marzouk arrived in the Egyptian capital for talks with intelligence officials on the propos ed prisoner exchange agreement, the dispute with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s ruling Fatah faction and the mass demonstrations along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

Informed sources told the newspaper that Hamas had informed the Egyptians that the terror group was not opposed to “ending the issues related to the 2014 war” â€" a reference to the two missing IDF soldiers â€" as part of a comprehensive agreement that would pave the way for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, a new prisoner swap and solidifying the current truce with Israel.

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Egypt sentences 3 to life, 36 to 10 years on terror charges

April 18 at 1:22 PM

CAIRO â€" An Egyptian court has sentenced three Muslim Brotherhood members to life in prison on terror-related charges.

The Zagazig criminal court, northeast of the capital Cairo, sentenced another 36 defendants to 10 years in prison on similar charges, including rioting, inciting violence against security forces and joining an outlawed group, a reference to the Brotherhood.

Wednesday’s verdict can be appealed. The court also acquitted 14 people in the same case.

The Brotherhood won a series of free elections after Egypt’s 2011 uprising, and a senior Brotherhood figure, Mohammed Morsi, was elected president in 2012.

A year later, the military overthrew Morsi amid mass protests against his rule. Since then, hundreds of Islamists, including Brotherhood members, have been sentenced to death.

Authorities have branded the Brotherhood a terror ist organization.

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Egypt's Mufti Issues Fatwa Against Buying Facebook 'Likes'

CAIRO (AP) â€" Egypt’s top mufti has issued a fatwa, or a religious decree, saying that buying Facebook “likes” is prohibited under Islam because it’s a form of fraud and deception.

Grand Mufti Shawki Allam regularly issues all sorts of fatwas, usually in response to questions by Muslims seeking religious guidance in matters related to even the most trivial issues.

The questions are asked of the Dar al-Ifa, the Sunni Muslim institution in charge of religious rulings, mainly based on the Muslim holy book of Quran and the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad.

The mufti posted on the institution’s Facebook page earlier this week that it is “religiously prohibited” to pay someone to click a “like” on a promotion.

Allam says “it’s deceptive,” citing Muhammad’s saying, “He who deceives is not of us.”

Source: Google News Egypt | Netizen 24 Egypt


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Egypt army says it killed Islamic State leader in Sinai

Egyptian army soldiers patrol the Cairo-Ismailia desert road in Egypt, August 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)Egyptian army soldiers patrol the Cairo-Ismailia desert road in Egypt, August 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

CAIRO, Egypt â€" Egypt’s military said Wednesday it had killed a jihadist leader in the Sinai Peninsula, where the Islamic State group is carrying out an insurgency.

During an operation in mountainous areas, Egyptian forces “killed Nasser Abu Zaqul, the central Sinai commander of the terrorist group, after significant exchanges of fire,” the army said in a statement.

The military said it found a rifle, two grenades and a large quantity of ammunition with the slain insurgent leader.

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Egypt’s army launched a major offensive against the jihadists on February 9 in the northern Sinai Peninsula, in an attempt to neutralize a local branch of IS.

More than 100 of the rebels and at least 30 government troops have been killed since the operation, dubbed “Sinai 2018,” was launched, according to official figures.

Egypt has been hit by significant attacks in recent years, especially after the army toppled Islamist former president Mohammed Morsi in the summer of 2013, amid mass protests against his government.

Hundreds of soldiers, police and civilians have been killed in the attacks.

In late November, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi gave three months for his security forces to re-establish con trol in Sinai, a deadline since extended.

Sissi secured a second term with an overwhelming victory in a presidential poll last month with 97.1% of the vote.

On Saturday the president extended a nationwide state of emergency originally declared in April 2017 by a further three months.

It is the fourth extension of the measure, imposed in the wake of attacks against Coptic Christian churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria, which killed 45 people.

A regional state of emergency has already been in place in Sinai for several years.

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UPDATE 1-Egypt to run ports 24 hours to cut costly delays

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CAIRO, April 18 (Reuters) - Egypt will keep ports running
for 24 hours a day, up from 16 currently, to cut "long waiting
times" for shipments, Transportation Minister Hesham Arafat said
on Wednesday as the country tackles an issue that has cost it
millions of dollars.

Grain traders over the last year have added hefty premiums
on shipments headed to Egypt, the world's largest wheat buyer,
partly as a result of soaring demurrage fees - costs borne by
suppliers if they fail to unload their ships on time.

Traders say the high demurrage fees have resulted from
congestion at Egypt's ports and what they describe as a tedious
inspection process stalling their vessels, prompting them to add
risk premiums of up to $500,000 on individual cargoes.

Egypt's state grain buyer GASC set new tender te rms in
February to cap demurrage fees after major suppliers shunned
state wheat tenders.

Arafat said the extended port hours would come at no added
cost to shippers. He did not specify when the new hours would
take effect or how long the new policy would remain in place.

Traders said under the current system, shippers could pay
for additional time at the port beyond the regular 16 hours.

One Cairo-based trader called the new hours a "good move" to
avoid extra costs, but said much of the current problem was also
tied to a lack of storage space at Egypt's crowded ports,
something the new policy would not correct.

"Some of the storage areas inside the port don't have enough
space to discharge the whole quantities," he said.
(Reporting by Momen Saeed Atallah and Eric Knecht
Writing by Eric Knecht; Editing by Dale Hudson and Toby Chopra)

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Sophia the robot praises Liverpool's Salah, wishes Egypt luck in World Cup


Sophia the robot, who is visiting Africa for the first time, has told delegates attending the Creative Industry Summit in Egypt that she prefers to work with humans, rather than replace them.

Attending the eight edition of the Creative Industry Summit held in Cairo, Sophia, spoke about the importance of Artificial Intelligence (AI), which can be used creatively to help both customers and users.

Organised by Idea Bakers and The Worx, leaders in event organizing and e-marketing, the summit foc uses on the latest developments in the advertising, marketing and design fields in Egypt and the Arab world.

Tahia Misr.

Sophia, who is the first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship, also took time off to praise the skills of Egyptian football sensation, Mohamed Salah’s and wished the Egyptian football team the best of luck for the World Cup in Russia.

According to Egyptian TV Presenter Osama Kamal who interviewed Sophia, the robot advised him against smoking and said Salah ‘is a talented player, and is doing a great job.’

Sophia who is scheduled to spend two days in Egypt, concluded her speech saying “Tahia Misr” (Long Live Egypt), in the Arabic language.

About Sophia

Sophia became the first Android citizen in history when she was rewarded Saudi Arabian citizenship.

A Hanson Robotics invention, Sophia is t he world’s most advanced android. The ‘realest’ robot to this day, Sophia’s covering artificial skin consists of organic and non-organic material.

The robot is able to express her ‘emotions’ through a number of facial expressions installed via a large number of motors under her ‘skin,’ according to an article by AFP.

To maintain eye contact and ensure the robot is able to recognize human faces, the robot has cameras installed in her eyes and torso.

Sophia has been programmed to carry out non-scripted conversations, during which she is able to collect emotional data and form emotional relations.

Source: Google News Egypt | Netizen 24 Egypt