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ISS: Stranded Suez ship confounds world uneasy about the long haul

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A prolonged blockage of the Suez Canal threatened to choke the world economy, with significant impacts for Africa. The Suez Canal is one of the...

Egypt jails activist who called to free prisoners amid pandemic

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An Egyptian court sentenced prominent female activist Sanaa Seif to a year and a half in prison on Wednesday for spreading false news, her...

The Past Week in Defence #44 (8 March – 14 March...

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In this week’s edition, on the continent, MBDA confirms Egypt has ordered VL MICA missiles for its corvettes. In SANDF news, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula...

MBDA confirms Egypt has ordered VL MICA missiles for its corvettes

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France’s MBDA has been awarded a contract from the Egyptian Navy for the VL MICA NG (New Generation) air defence system to equip the...

The Past Week in Defence #41 (15 February – 21 February...

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In this week’s edition, on the continent, Egypt requests $200 million worth of RIM-116C missiles and the US Navy seizes illicit weapons from two...

Egypt takes delivery of more Lurssen patrol boats

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Lurssen has delivered a second batch of patrol boats to Egypt as part of an order for ten vessels. AIS data showed a second batch...

Egypt’s Sisi offers support to Libya’s new PM

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met incoming Libyan prime minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh in Cairo on Thursday and offered his country’s support in achieving stability...

Russian frigate Admiral Kasatanov visits Egypt

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The Russian navy’s frigate Admiral Kasatanov has paid a visit to Egypt during its voyage through the Mediterranean. The Russian defence ministry on 16 February...

Egypt plans reopening of Libya embassy shut since 2014

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Egypt is planning to reopen its embassy in Libya’s capital for the first time in six years, according to Egyptian sources and Libyan officials,...

Egypt requests $200 million RIM-116C RAM missile sale

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Egypt has requested the sale of up to 168 Raytheon RIM‑116C Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Block 2 tactical missiles from the United States in...

Egyptian Air Force confirmed to be operating SCALP cruise missiles

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The Egyptian Air Force (EAF) has acquired a number of MBDA SCALP cruise missiles from France, in spite of earlier issues over their importation...

Egypt frees Al Jazeera journalist after four years in detention

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Egyptian authorities on Saturday released a journalist working for Qatar’s Al Jazeera television network who was held in pre-trial detention for more than four...

Egypt unveils another Temsah APC model

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Egypt has revealed another version of its Temsah (Crocodile) series of armoured personnel carriers (APCs). At the beginning of the month, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi...

Splintered coalition reflects fate of Egypt’s uprising a decade on

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Ten years ago protesters surged onto Egypt’s streets, emboldened by the success of Tunisia’s Arab Spring uprising. Some young activists formed the Revolution Youth Coalition...

Egypt and Qatar agree to resume diplomatic ties, Cairo says

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Egypt and Qatar have agreed to resume diplomatic relations, the Egyptian foreign ministry said on Wednesday, making Cairo the first to officially do so...

Egypt follows Gulf allies in reopening airspace to Qatar

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Egypt reopened its airspace to Qatari flights on Tuesday and will allow the resumption of air traffic between the two countries as part of...

First locally built Gowind corvette joins Egyptian Navy

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Alexandria Shipyard has delivered the first locally built Gowind 2500 corvette, ENS Port Said, to the Egyptian Navy. The handover ceremony took place at Alexandria...

Egyptian Navy receives Italian frigate

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The Egyptian Navy has taken delivery of the first of two FREMM frigates from Italy, with the Al Galala arriving in Egypt at the...

Egypt requests countermeasures, targeting pods from the US

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Egypt has requested the sale of a Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) system for head-of-state aircraft and Sniper targeting pods from the United States...

Egypt unveils Temsah 4 APC

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Egypt has unveiled the latest version of its Temsah (Crocodile) armoured personnel carrier (APC), the 4x4 Temsah 4. It was inspected by President Abdel Fattah...

Eastern Libyan force says it intercepted Turkish ship

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Eastern-based Libyan forces have intercepted a Turkish ship under a Jamaican flag heading to the port of Misrata in western Libya, their spokesman said...

Egyptian rights group head hopes release will help other prisoners

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The head of a leading Egyptian human rights group who was held for two weeks on terrorism charges said on Saturday he hoped that...

Egypt frees members of leading rights group

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Egyptian authorities released on Thursday three members of a leading human rights organisation following widespread international criticism, the group said. Security services detained the three...

Rise in executions in Egypt in past two months – Amnesty

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Egypt executed 57 men and women in October and November, nearly double the 32 people reported in the whole of 2019, Amnesty International said...

Iraq trains US-sanctioned militia leader for army position – sources

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The Iraqi military is training a former member of an Iran-backed militia, who is under US sanctions for killing protesters, to become a high-ranking...

Iraqi military training former militia man

The Iraqi military is training a former member of an Iran-backed militia, under US sanctions for killing protesters, to become a high-ranking officer in...

Head of Egyptian rights group held in solitary confinement – lawyers

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The director of a prominent Egyptian rights group was held in solitary confinement and inhumane conditions for three days after his arrest last week,...

UN, several countries denounce arrests of Egyptian activists

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The UN human rights office, the United States and several European countries on Friday criticised the arrest of three members of a prominent Egyptian...

Russia and Egypt holding joint military exercise

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Russia and Egypt are holding the Bridge of Friendship 2020 military exercise in Russia. According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, the exercise is being...

Germany files espionage charges against Egyptian-born man

Germany’s Public Prosecutor General (GBA) said on Monday charges of espionage have been filed against an Egyptian-born German citizen who worked at the German...

Egypt getting Lurssen patrol boats

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Egypt will be receiving nine Lurssen patrol boats from Germany under a 130 million euro deal after the contract with the original customer, Saudi...

Man sets himself on fire in Cairo’s Tahrir Square

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A man set himself on fire in Egp in central Cairo on Thursday and was being treated for burns at a hospital in the...

Royal and Egyptian Navies exercise off Alexandria

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Beach assaults, fast jet attacks and speedboats weaving between frigate and destroyers marked a major demonstration of Anglo-Egyptian naval forces in Alexandria. UK flagship HMS...

Facebook removes ‘inauthentic’ networks spanning 8 nations

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Facebook on Friday said it has dismantled seven separate networks of fake accounts and pages on its platform that were active in Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt,...

Egypt sentences dozens to jail over 2013 sit-in

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A court in Egypt sentenced 59 people to 15 years in prison on Thursday for their role in organising and participating in a 2013...

The Past Week in Defence #26 (19-25 October)

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In this week’s edition, on the continent, insurance costs increase in the Gulf of Guinea as piracy rises, Combined Maritime Forces seizes over 450kg...

Warring Libya rivals sign truce but tough political talks ahead

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Libya’s warring factions signed a permanent ceasefire agreement on Friday, but any lasting end to years of chaos and bloodshed will require wider agreement...

AirBoss Defence Group awarded Egyptian Husky contract

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AirBoss Defence Group (ADG) will supply ground penetrating radar, remotely operated weapon stations and other equipment for Egypt’s Husky mine detection vehicles. On 5 October...

Egyptian outcry stops concert by singer accused of rape

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A concert by Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred, who has been repeatedly accused of rape, has been cancelled in Egypt after a social media outcry,...

Sudan and main rebel groups formalise peace deal

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Sudan’s power-sharing government and several rebel groups on Saturday formalised a peace agreement aimed at resolving decades of conflict which left millions displaced and...

Egypt requests sale of $417 million Maritime Domain Awareness system

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The government of Egypt has requested the purchase of a Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) system from the United States at a cost of $417...

ISS: Presidential power play undermines democracy in Africa

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African leaders seeking re-election often exploit access to government resources to boost their campaigns, creating an uneven electoral playing field that gives them an advantage over...

TKMS launches Egypt’s fourth Type 209 submarine and confirms local frigate...

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ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has launched the fourth and final Type 209/1400mod submarine for the Egyptian Navy during a ceremony at its yard in...

Several hundred arrests amid protest calls in Egypt – rights group

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Egyptian authorities have detained at least 382 people since 20 September amid reports of small, scattered demonstrations against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a rights...

Could Egypt’s #MeToo movement be the tinder for a ‘feminist revolution’?

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In just two months, Egypt’s burgeoning #MeToo movement has exposed sexual assaults, spurred legal reform and emboldened hundreds of abuse victims including celebrities to...

Egypt selects VL-MICA missile for its frigates after Umkhonto deal falls...

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France’s MBDA has apparently been selected to supply its VL-MICA surface-to-air missiles for the Egyptian Navy’s four new Meko A200 frigates, after a deal...

Israel strikes Hamas in Gaza over rockets, fire balloons

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Israeli aircraft and tanks struck Hamas facilities in Gaza on Friday and militants fired half a dozen rockets towards southern Israel, its military said,...

Acting leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood arrested in Cairo

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Egyptian authorities said on Friday they had arrested the acting leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mahmoud Ezzat, during a raid on an apartment in...

Egyptian Umkhonto deal apparently falls through

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Egypt has apparently cancelled its contract with Denel Dynamics for Umkhonto surface-to-air missiles after Denel failed to provide guarantees for the R4.5 billion contract...

Egypt’s Sisi welcomes UAE-Israel deal, halt to annexation of Palestinian lands

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday welcomed a deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel on normalising ties that includes an Israeli...

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