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Israel: Release Hostages or We Move on Rafah
Israel Has Set a
Ramadan Deadline
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Israel Has Set a Ramadan Deadline

Benny Gantz of Israel's war cabinet says if hostages aren't released, they'll move on Rafah

(Newser) - Despite opposition from the US, Israel's planned ground offensive in the southern Gazan town of Rafah, where 1.3 million people are sheltering , will begin within weeks if Hamas doesn't release the 100 Israeli hostages thought to remain alive, a member of Israel's war cabinet said Sunday....

Egypt Seems to Be Walling Off Massive Area Near Gaza Border

Analysts say it's the country's 'contingency plan' should displaced Gazans flood into Egypt

(Newser) - Amid the growing humanitarian crisis in Rafah , the southernmost city in the Gaza Strip, and threats of a ground invasion there by Israel, Egypt appears to be building a giant walled "buffer zone" on its side of its border with Gaza. Satellite images reveal the more than 2-mile-wide area...

Remodeling Work on Pyramid Raises Questions

Online images contribute to fears it's a Disneyesque update

(Newser) - It's not like vinyl siding is being installed on Egypt's pyramid of Menkaure, but a project to restore the landmark's exterior has drawn expert opposition and wisecracks—one being that it's like trying to "straighten the Tower of Pisa." The Egyptian-Japanese archaeological mission to...

On New Year's Eve, a Secret Operation in Gaza

United States worked with Israel, Egypt to bring US service member's family to safety

(Newser) - The mother and American uncle of a US service member were safe outside of Gaza after being rescued from the fighting in a secret operation coordinated by the US, Israel, Egypt, and others, a US official told the AP on Wednesday. It's the only known operation of its kind...

Egypt Floats Ambitious Plan for Gaza Peace

Would include ceasefire, mutual hostage/prisoner release, creation of Palestinian government

(Newser) - Egypt has put forward an ambitious, initial proposal to end the Israel-Hamas war with a ceasefire, a phased hostage release, and the creation of a Palestinian government of experts who would administer the Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank, a senior Egyptian official and a European diplomat said Monday. Word...

Egypt's El-Sisi Nabs 3rd Term in Overwhelming Numbers

Even though economy is collapsing, voters hope president can offer security in war-torn Middle East

(Newser) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi easily won a third term in office this month, winning about 90% of the vote, according to a Monday announcement from election officials. But the Washington Post notes that emerging victorious in the election was the "easy part" for the 69-year-old leader, who's...

Bed Bug Fumigation Killed Couple at Resort

Room next door had been sprayed with pesticide

(Newser) - The coroner's verdict is in on the cause of death for a British couple vacationing at a luxury resort in Egypt in 2018. John and Susan Cooper died of carbon monoxide poisoning, CNN reports, in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada. The room next to theirs, which was connected...

Israeli 'Concept Paper' on Gaza's 2.3M People Worries Egypt

Report deemed a hypothetical by Netanyahu proposes moving Palestinians to Egypt's Sinai

(Newser) - An Israeli government ministry has drafted a wartime proposal to transfer the Gaza Strip's 2.3 million people to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, drawing condemnation from Palestinians and worsening tensions with Cairo. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office played down the report compiled by the Intelligence Ministry as a...

After Latest Airstrike, Calls for End to Israeli 'War Crimes'

Arab nations condemn Israeli strike on refugee camp as groups claim use of white phosphorus

(Newser) - Dozens of people entered the Rafah crossing from Gaza to Egypt on Wednesday in what appeared to be the first time foreign passport holders have been allowed to leave the besieged territory since the start of the Israel-Hamas war more than three weeks ago, the AP reports. Egyptian state-run media...

Menendez Pleads Not Guilty to New Federal Charge

New Jersey senator is charged with failing to register as foreign agent of Egypt

(Newser) - Sen. Bob Menendez pleaded not guilty Monday to a new federal charge filed in a superseding indictment earlier this month. The Democrat, who pleaded not guilty to bribery charges in September, entered a not guilty plea to a charge that he conspired to act as a foreign agent of Egypt,...

Egypt Border With Gaza Opens, to a 'Trickle' of Aid
'The Situation
Is Catastrophic'

'The Situation Is Catastrophic'

'Trickle' of aid begins as trucks move from Egypt into Gaza, but some say much more aid is needed

(Newser) - The border crossing between Egypt and Gaza opened on Saturday to let a trickle of desperately needed aid into the besieged Palestinian territory for the first time since Israel sealed it off in the wake of Hamas' bloody rampage two weeks ago. Gaza's 2.3 million Palestinians, half of...

Biden: Israel Will Allow Humanitarian Relief to Gaza

But only through the border with Egypt, and with inspections

(Newser) - President Biden said Wednesday that Israel had agreed to allow humanitarian assistance to begin flowing into Gaza from Egypt with the understanding it would be subject to inspections, and that such aid should go to civilians and not Hamas militants. In remarks from Tel Aviv, where the president had gone...

Egypt's Border Crossing With Gaza Remains Closed. Why?
Egypt's Border Crossing
With Gaza Remains
Closed. Why?
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Egypt's Border Crossing With Gaza Remains Closed. Why?

It remains closed as thousands wait on one side, and aid is stuck on the other side

(Newser) - As Israel bombards Gaza in retaliation for Hamas' attacks on Israel, thousands of Palestinians are lined up on the Gaza side of the Rafah crossing—the only crossing at the Egypt-Gaza border. On the Egypt side sit trucks full of aid supplies for the devastated region. Yet the crossing remains...

Leak Suggests US Ally Trying to Help Russia on the Sly

Egypt planned to ship rockets to Putin, reports the 'Washington Post'

(Newser) - Outlets continue to sift through leaked US intelligence documents that turned up online over the last few weeks, and the Washington Post appears to have found one of the more notable ones. It suggests that Egypt has plans to ship 40,000 rockets to Russia, and to do so quietly...

LGBTQ+ Dating App Warns Users in Egypt
Grindr Warns Users
of App in Egypt

Grindr Warns Users of App in Egypt

Police are setting up fake accounts, notice on dating app says

(Newser) - A popular gay social networking application said Friday that it is issuing a warning to its users in Egypt, as police impersonate community members to target LGBTQ+ individuals. Rights groups and media have reported recently that authorities in the wider region are increasingly taking to digital platforms to act against...

Newly Unearthed Sphinx May Have Face of Roman Emperor

It was found in a temple south of Cairo

(Newser) - Archaeologists have unearthed a Sphinx-like statue and the remains of a shrine in an ancient temple in southern Egypt, antiquities authorities said Monday. The artifacts were found in the temple of Dendera in Qena Province, 280 miles south of Cairo, the Antiquities Ministry said in a statement. Archaeologists believe the...

Great Pyramid's Hidden Corridor Is Revealed
Great Pyramid's Hidden
Corridor Is Revealed
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Great Pyramid's Hidden Corridor Is Revealed

Vaulted space could sit above an unknown chamber: experts

(Newser) - Experts have taken a look inside a hidden space in the Great Pyramid of Giza, last seen 4,500 years ago. It's a vaulted corridor found behind the north face of Khufu's Pyramid and has archaeologists wondering whether an undiscovered chamber remains concealed beneath it, per Reuters . About...

'Time Machine' Unearthed on Ancient Egypt's Mummies

Embalming workshop found in 2016 offers hints on the mummification process

(Newser) - For thousands of years, ancient Egyptians mummified their dead in the search for eternal life. Now, researchers have used chemistry and an unusual collection of jars to figure out how they did it. Their study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature , is based on a rare archaeological find: an embalming...

Gold-Covered Mummy Was Undisturbed for 4.3K Years

It 'may be the oldest and most complete mummy found in Egypt to date'

(Newser) - Since 2,300BC, a time when a few mammoths still walked the Earth, the gold-covered mummy of a man named Hekashepes lay in a limestone sarcophagus at the bottom of a shaft 50 feet deep, undisturbed by grave robbers. Egyptian archaeologists say the lid of the sarcophagus, one of several...

In Egypt, an 'Increasingly Rare' Find

First complete papyrus to be found in a century will be displayed at Cairo's new museum

(Newser) - From one of 250 wooden sarcophagi uncovered last year at Egypt's famed necropolis of Saqqara comes the first complete papyrus scroll discovered in a century. And it's a long one. The scroll containing sections of the Book of the Dead stretches 52 feet long, per Live Science . The...

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