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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Muslim Brotherhood Loses Appeal

An Egyptian court dismissed an appeal that challenged the September 23 ban on all Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated groups, institutions and businesses. The Brotherhood materialized as the most popular and best organized political party after the January 25 Egyptian revolution, and former president Mohamed Morsi was a member of the group. The current law, which was passed after Morsi was deposed in early July, legitimizes Egyptian security forces’ continued targeting of Muslim Brotherhood members throughout Egypt.

Militant Attack Leaves Army Colonel Dead in Ismailia

Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed Farouk Mandour was shot and killed by unknown gunmen in an attack earlier this week, state media reported. The militants attacked his vehicle near the Ezz el-Din checkpoint on the Cairo-Ismailia desert road. Mandour later died after being taken to a nearby hospital. This attack comes after a similar attack on the same road on Sunday that left two police conscripts dead.

Hamas Takes On Egyptian Media

Hamas, the political party that rules the Gaza strip, issued a statement yesterday targeting the Egyptian media. In the statement, Hamas rejected claims that they were meddling in internal Egyptian affairs and denounced a recent report that they had set up missile platforms. Official Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zahri added that these types of statements by the Egyptian media “only serve the Israeli enemy.” In recent weeks, Hamas has also been accused of aiding insurgents in the Sinai and colluding in espionage with imprisoned president Mohammed Morsi.

Conflict over Ethiopia Dam Continues

Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia are still in disagreement over Ethiopia’s new dam reconstruction plan, and negotiations have stalled, Ethiopia’s water minister said yesterday. Ministers from all three countries are set to form a panel to discuss Ethiopia’s controversial Grand Renaissance Dam plan, but Egypt’s representatives have disagreed about the composition of the panel. Egypt has expressed concern that the dam project, which is expected to be completed in 2017 and will be Africa’s largest dam, will affect its access to Nile water.

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