The Middle East News Agency (Egyptian state media outlet) reported today that Egyptian police arrested four people recruiting youths to fight with ISIS in Syria. It added that the police arrested them in the coastal Port Said governorate, and that they admitted to being part of an eight-person cell and that the other four were in Syria. The general prosecutor decided to imprison the four arrested pending further investigations. ISIS has attracted the interest of Egyptians over social networking sites. Egyptian security forces estimate that there are 8000 Egyptians fighting abroad.
Translated by Kevin Moore.
Original article available here.
As a means to reinforce police loyalty, Egypt’s interim president Adly Mansour raises salaries by 30%.
45 Kilos of hash detained on route to Casa Blanca in the arrest of five members of a smuggling ring. Security forces have also arrested a number of dealers in the vicinity of various educational institutions.
Egyptian security forces have instituted a new round of crackdowns leading to mass arrests. As a result violence broke out at the ancient Islamic institute of learning al-Azhar in Cairo leading to the death of at least one student.
Egyptian Central Security Forces blockaded the entrances to Al-Azhar University in Cairo this morning, cancelling lectures. Students associated with the Muslim Brotherhood are determined to strike from their studies.
ضبط 7 من «الإخوان» و17 آخرين بتهمة حرق منشآت حكومية في بني سويف
السبت 26 أكتوبر 2013 18:05
ألقت الأجهزة الأمنية ببني سويف القبض على 7 أشخاص من المنتمين لجماعة الإخوان المسلمين بقرية «تلت»، بينهم طالب بجامعة الأزهر وآخر بكلية الزراعة، و17 متهمًا آخرين، وجميعهم متهمين بإحراق منشآت حكومية وشرطية ببني سويف خلال الفترة الأخيرة.
كانت حملة أمنية بقيادة اللواء زكريا أبو زينة، مدير المباحث الجنائية ببني سويف، ألقت القبض على 7 من المنتمين لجماعة الإخوان المسلمين.
كما ألقت الأجهزة الأمنية القبض على 17 آخرين بينهم تاجر سلاح، وآخر صاحب ورشة لتصنيع أسلحة «خرطوش» بقرية زاوية المصلوب بمركز الواسطي، وبحوزته هيكل لـ«فرد خرطوش» معد للبيع.
وألقت الحملة الأمنية القبض على محمد عويس خالد، وبحوزته «طبنجة حلوان» مسروقة من قسم شرطة بني سويف، وجميعهم متهمين بإحراق قسم شرطة بني سويف خلال الأحداث الأخيرة التي شهدتها المحافظة.
تم اتخاذ جميع الإجراءات القانونية مع المتهمين، وأخطرت النيابة العامة لتولي التحقيق.
7 ‘Brothers’ and 17 others Detained for setting Fire to Government Building in Beni Sueif
Saturday 26th October 2013
The Security Service in Beni Sueif arrested 7 people belonging to the organization of the Muslim Brotherhood in the village Talat. Amongst was a student from the Al-Azhar University and the others from different argicultural colleges. All of them, including 17 others, were accused of being in connection with recent arsons of government and police buildings in Beni Sueif .
The campaign of Leutentant Zakaria Abu Zayna, director of the criminal investigation in Bni Sueif, arrested 7 belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The security services also arrested 17 others, amongst them Tahir Salah, the last owner of an arms workshop for “Khartoush” (Birdshot) in the village Zawia al-Masluub in the centre of Wasti. He was in possession of individual birdshot intended for sale.
The security campaign arrested Muhammad ‘Awish Khaled, who was in possession of a “Helwan Pistol”, stolen from the Beni Sueif police department. All of them were accused of connection with the Beni Sueif police department fires during the recent events that were witnessed in the Governate.
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استشهد جندى بطلق نارى أثناء وجوده فى محل خدمته أمام نادي الشرطة بالعريش . وتم نقل جثته إلى المستشفى .
وأعلن مصدر أمنى أن سيارة بدون لوحات استهدفت الجندى بإطلاق النار عليه ، حيث تم إصابته بطلق نارى فى الصدر والذراع الأيمن ، مما أدى إلى استشهاده على الفور ، وتم نقله جثة هامدة إلى المستشفى .
Soldier martyred in front of the Police Club in Arish
Published: 21 Minutes and 36 seconds ago. (Real time: 15th August 2013, 18:09pm +3GMT)
The killed soldier was shot while in his shop in front the of Arish police club. His corpse was taken to hospital.
Security sources announced that a car without a license plate targeted the soldier and opened fire upon him. He was shot in the chest and right arm which killed him immediately. His lifeless body was transferred to hospital.
Translated by Robert Forster
شطبت إدارة جامعة عين شمس أسرة “نيوفيجن” في كل من كلية الحقوق والآداب بناء على قرار مجلس إدارة اتحاد طلاب الجامعة نتيجة للاشتباكات التي شهدها الحرم الرئيسي للجامعة في مسيرة أمس الأحد لرفض العنف.
وأعلنت الجامعة في بيان صحفي أصدرته مساء اليوم الاثنين، أنه تحويل الطلاب المتورطين في أحداث العنف الى التحقيق لإحالتهم إلى مجالس التأديب بعد التحقيق.
كما تم التفاوض مع الجهة المتعاقد معها لمشروع البوابات الالكترونية والكاميرات وتعهدت بتركيب البوابات كمرحلة أولى خلال شهر من الاثنين.
وأضاف البيان أنه جارى دراسة التعاقد مع شركة أمن خاص لتدعيم الأمن الجامعي منوها عن تدعيم الأمن الجامعي بـ 50 فردا نقلاً من الدفاع المدني بالجامعة كإجراء سريع لحين إتمام التعاقد مع شركة الأمن الخاصة. وأكدت الجامعة انتظام الدراسة في جميع الكليات سواء بالحرم الرئيسي أو في باقي الكليات والمعاهد.
“Ain Shams bans “New Vision” club from the law and art colleges”
Al Sha’ab (The People, Egypt)
15th April 2013
The “Ain Shams” university administration have written off in full the “New Vision” club from the schools of law and art building on a decision made by the Council of Union of University Students as a result of clashes at an anti-violence march on the main University campus yesterday on Sunday.
The university announced in press statement issued Monday evening, that transfer students involved in the violent events will be investigated and referred to the Disciplinary Council after the investigation.
The University has also been negotiating with contractors on “an electronic gates and camera project” and pledged the installment of the gates as a “first step” during the month from Monday.
In addition, the statement said that it was in the process of contracting with a private security company to strengthen university security and was alluding to strengthen university security with 50 civilian-defence personnel as a short term measure until the completion of the private security company contract.
The university confirmed the continuity of regular studies at all colleges, both at the main campus and other institutes.
It’s a shame the article doesn’t go into further detail, as this story has some underlying elements which make it all the more interesting
The ‘end to thuggery’ march, as it was dubbed, was lobbying for greater campus security, which ultimately became a self-fulfilling prophecy when they got attacked. Attacks on such rallies have occurred before. Although that leads one to ask why? What is the motive?
There has been a continuous talk of ‘thuggery’ in Egypt after the overthrow of Mubarak – ‘thuggery’ in the streets, in the universities, at the pyramids etc. An easy explanation for this, is the lack of centralized institutions, which makes crime easier to get away with. In such an environment, many would take the chance to try and get out of poverty, or into power, or both. M. Maziad shares some interesting thoughts on the role of social class in the Egyptian revolution here.
However, there are also claims from the students that the university is in collusion with these so-called ‘thugs’, and have been so even before the revolution. Gharib Mahmoud, founder of New Vision, is claimed to be affiliated with State Security under Mubarak and currently under Morsi. Several members of New Vision hold several of the Faculty of Law’s student union seats.
The following is purely a hypothesis based on poli sci assumptions.
Why would Ain Shams be colluding with ‘thugs’?
– As we known, there has been little-to-no rearrangement of the police forces, despite their instigating-role of the revolution following the killing of Said Khalid. In the wake of growing opposition ‘thugs’ were “deputized” by state security apparatus and formed into militias as a method of increasing the repression on activists, students and citizens. This is common procedure – the 2009 Iranian revolution saw a similar occurrence. Universities are hubs for dissent, therefore it seems logical to place these groups into a college setting, whereby they can influence the larger student body by the means of propaganda and fear.
Whether the university administration colludes with them or not is uncertain. They could have been bought or threatened, or perhaps university elites have negotiated an ‘arrangement’ to permit their presence for increased status and influence on their part. To answer this question would require access to some privileged information, to say the least.
Footage of the march: