Tag: Cairo

The Nile turns blood-red

Israeli press takes stock after at least 300 are killed in clashes between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood in CairoBy Ilan Ben ZionSupporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi carry an injured protester at a sit-in camp in Cairo…

Christian Protesters Attacked, At Least 19 Dead

1Flames lit up downtown Cairo, where massive clashes raged Sunday, drawing Christians angry over a recent church attack, Muslims and Egyptian security forces. At least 24 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the worst sectarian violence since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February.

The rioting lasted late into the night, bringing out a deployment of more than 1,000 security forces and armored vehicles to defend the state television building along the Nile, where the trouble began. The military clamped a curfew on the area until 7 a.m.

The clashes spread to nearby Tahrir Square, drawing thousands of people to the vast plaza that served as the epicenter of the protests that ousted Mubarak. On Sunday night, they battled each other with rocks and firebombs, some tearing up pavement for ammunition and others collecting stones in boxes.

Darkness engulfs Egyptian Christians

Eldad Beck UPPER EGYPT – Maha, an Egyptian merchant in her 40s, doesn’t sleep well at night. Ever since the January 25 revolution, she is experiencing a difficult period. “In the first days of the mass demonstrations against Mubarak, my mother and me couldn’t even sleep because of fear,” said the Christian Copt. “We didn’t know what will happen to us. Ever since then, even though the general security situation in the country has stabilized, our fears were confirmed.”

In recent months we have seen significant escalation in violent clashes between radical Islamists and members of the Copt minority across Egypt. It started with the lethal suicide attack in one of Alexandria’s main churches in the first days of the year, even before the popular protest against Mubarak gained steam. Twenty three worshippers were murdered and some 100 were wounded. Egyptian opposition sources claimed at the time that the attack was organized by a secret unit established by the former interior minister in order to undermine domestic stability and reinforce the regime’s hold on the country. A few weeks ago, when angry Islamist masses attacked a Cairo church where two Christian women who converted to Islam were apparently held, some charged that loyalists of the outgoing regime were identified among the radical Muslim activists. Ten people were killed in the clash, while security forces stood at the sidelines and observed

Iran beckons Egypt to the dark side

by Gavriel Queenann

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday called on the interim junta in Cairo to rebuild diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic, Reuters reports.

At a meeting with Egyptian academics, clerics and media representatives in Tehran, Ahmadinejad pushed his plan to rebuild links with Cairo saying cooperation between the two countries would give them “great power” and “drive the Zionists from the region.”

Rapprochement between Shi’ite-led Iran and Sunni-majority Egypt, the most populous Arab nation, would likely alarm the United States, Israel and the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Saudi Arabia

The Army Corps of Engineers breached the levee

US breaches Mississippi River levee to ease flood risk An official said it could take until late summer or early autumn for the submerged farmland to drain Continue reading the main story Related Stories More levees yield to Mississippi Midwest braced for more flooding As many as 200 sq miles of farmland were under water on Tuesday after the US blew a hole in a Mississippi River levee to relieve a flood threat. The Army Corps of Engineers breached the levee in an effort to save the town of Cairo, Illinois, sacrificing farmland across the river in Missouri. A group of farmers whose land was flooded has sued the federal government over the move. The US says farmers who had crop insurance will be reimbursed. By blowing a hole in the levee on Monday night, the Corps of Engineers hoped to reduce the river level at Cairo, lessen the pressure on the flood wall over the town, and relieve the flood risk further down the Mississippi River.