Egypt

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Egyptian port workers reject shipment of 7 tons of US tear gas

Workers at the Egyptian port of Suez reportedly refused to sign this week for a consignment of 7 tons of tear gas being imported from the US. The reason? They were concerned that the government would use the tear gas against protesters. The government has now moved the tear gas to a storage facility in … Continue reading

Google doodle celebrates Egyptian election

Google has a doodle on its Egyptian homepage, celebrating the arrival of the country’s first democratic elections. The doodle shows the various letters of the Google logo taking part in the voting process. The Egyptian elections are the source of much tension in the country, with deep divisions between democracy campaigners and the country’s (theoretically … Continue reading

Mahmoud Sobhi El Shinawi allegedly accused of being Tahrir Square’s mysterious Eye Hunter #Egypt

Tahrir Square has been the setting for a great deal of protest, drama, violence and celebration this year. But in recent months it has also been the home of the mysterious ‘Eye Hunter’, a man who apparently goes around shooting protesters in the eyes. Now, a police officer named Mahmoud Sobhi El Shinawi has allegedly … Continue reading

Unsafe for women? Caroline Sinz, Mona Eltahawy, Aliaa al-Mahdy reportedly attacked in Tahrir Square

Tahrir Square might be a symbol of the Egyptian people’s struggle for democracy and freedom, but it’s also increasingly a no-go area for women. Over the past few days, a number of women have claimed to have been attacked or intimidated in the square, including: French journalist Caroline Sinz says she was attacked by a … Continue reading

Kamal Ganzouri returns as Egyptian prime minister

Kamal Ganzouri, who previously served as Egyptian prime minister under Hosni Mubarak, has returned to the position as the country’s military junta seeks to inspire faith in their rule. Former Prime Minister Essam Sharaf and his government quit en masse earlier this week, leading to a fresh round of political instability in the country. Ganzouri … Continue reading

Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy claims she was attacked by police near Tahrir Square #Egypt

A prominent Egyptian-American journalist has claimed that she was attacked by Egyptian police near Tahrir Square. Mona Eltahawy says she was beaten and sexually assaulted by 5 or 6 members of the security forces. Eltahawy’s claims have not been confirmed, and Egyptian security sources have made no comment. But there have been numerous reports of … Continue reading

Three Americans reportedly arrested in Tahrir Square demonstrations

Three Americans are reportedly among those arrested in Egypt’s Tahrir Square during the past few days’ protests. The trio are said to be studying at the American University in Cairo, and were allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails during the weekend’s violent scenes. Local sources have claimed to identify the three Americans as, allegedly, Luke Gates, Derrik … Continue reading

More deaths as police clash with protesters in Tahrir Square #Egypt

At least a dozen people have died over the past 24 hours as fresh protests hit Egypt’s Tahrir Square. A temporary truce between police and protesters on Monday morning is believed to have lasted all of half an hour before more fighting broke out by the Ministry of Defence building. Protesters are calling for the … Continue reading

Israeli women strip off to show support for naked Egyptian blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdy

Around 40 Israeli women have stripped off for a photo, to show their support for Egyptian blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdy. The Israeli women, who didn’t show quite as much flesh as Elmahdy, were photographer behind signs reading ‘Love without Limits’ and ‘Homage to Aliaa Elmahdi. Sisters in Israel’. Aliaa Magda Elmahdy caused controversy at the … Continue reading

Egyptian military say their tactics are no worse than the methods used by US police against Occupy protesters

The Egyptian military, battling renewed demonstrations in Tahrir Square, have defended their used of force against protesters by comparing themselves to police in the US who are dealing with the Occupy protests. According to various sources, officials on Egyptian TV have asked why they are being criticised when similar tactics are allegedly being used against … Continue reading