Author: Nabila El-Gaafary

Nabila El-Gaafary is an Egyptian journalist working for The New Arab from Egypt. The New Arab is a London-based news media owned by Fadaat Media Group, a Qatari media group founded in 2012 in Doha. The New Arab was founded in 2014, covering North Africa news, Middle East, and world news.

As Egypt continues to face its toughest economic crisis in modern history, the much-awaited third review of the IMF loan program has been rescheduled for 29 July. The recent cabinet reshuffle in Egypt has impacted the negotiations between the country and the IMF, leading to the delay. With a new finance minister in place, discussions are expected to address various aspects of the deal. Upon completion of the review, Egypt is set to receive about US$820 million as an installment to help alleviate the economic challenges. The IMF’s Extended Fund Facility aims to provide Egypt with a total of US$8…

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The Impact of Egypt’s Government Decree on Sudanese Refugees Recently, a government decision in Egypt has put many refugees and asylum seekers at risk of deportation if they fail to pay a fee of US$1,000 to legalize their residence. The controversial decree, which primarily affects Sudanese nationals who fled civil war in their home country, has ignited fear and uncertainty among foreign nationals seeking refuge in Egypt. Reports have emerged of security campaigns targeting undocumented individuals in refugee communities, leading to arrests of many. The situation has been exacerbated by rising xenophobia and anti-refugee sentiments in Egypt, particularly towards Sudanese…

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Amidst electricity blackouts in Egypt, several Coptic Orthodox churches have opened their doors to host secondary school students studying for their final exams. Providing free amenities such as air-conditioned halls, internet connection, and refreshments, the churches have welcomed students of all religious backgrounds. The initiative was first started in Alexandria and later expanded to Cairo and other cities, offering a refuge for students during the ongoing heatwave and power cuts. As the blackouts persisted, mosques and other establishments also began offering similar services to support the students. The government, facing nationwide discontent, promised to resolve the power crisis by importing…

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Egypt, traditionally known as “the gift of the Nile”, is facing uncertainty as negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) have hit a deadlock. The massive dam on the River Nile is causing concerns for Egypt’s water security, with talks between Cairo and Addis Ababa failing to reach a resolution. Despite warnings from international partners against hostile actions, Egypt is struggling to find a way out of the deadlock. The fifth filling of the dam is expected to significantly impact Egypt’s water supply, leading to potential droughts and decreased crop production. With the situation escalating, Egyptian authorities are exploring…

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Aswan recently experienced a scorching heat wave, with temperatures reaching a staggering 49.6 degrees Celsius, resulting in the tragic death of 40 individuals in the province. The extreme weather conditions have also led to an increase in harmful animals such as scorpions, posing a serious threat to residents. MP Reham Abdel-Naby urgently called on the government to exempt southern provinces from power cuts aimed at reducing electrical overloads, to prevent further casualties. The Egyptian Meteorological Authority reported that the country is set to experience even higher temperatures, with Cairo expected to reach 42 degrees Celsius and the southern region reaching…

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Recent clashes near the Rafah Border Crossing have resulted in the death of an Egyptian soldier, adding tension to the already strained Egypt-Israel relations. The incident, which involved an exchange of fire between Egyptian forces and Israeli troops, caused the tragic demise of 21-year-old Ibrahim Islam Abdel-Razak, according to the Sinai Foundation for Human Rights. While the Egyptian army has not confirmed the soldier’s death, his family and social media users mourned his loss, highlighting the impact of the conflict. The details surrounding the incident remain unclear, with conflicting reports from both sides. The shooting occurred following an Israeli airstrike…

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Amidst allegations from CNN of manipulation of Gaza ceasefire terms, a high-level Egyptian security official has vehemently denied any wrongdoing. The official refuted claims made by CNN that a senior intelligence official altered the terms of a ceasefire deal between Hamas and Israel, leading to the collapse of talks earlier this month. Describing the accusations as “baseless and absurd,” the official defended Egypt’s role as a mediator despite challenges and Israeli resistance. CNN reported that changes to the ceasefire terms came after Egyptian negotiators flew to Israel to finalize details for the release of hostages and halt in fighting. The…

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Despite decades of strained relations between Tehran and Cairo, the Egyptian government expressed heartfelt condolences for the tragic death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and other officials in a helicopter crash. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry extended their support and solidarity to Iran during this difficult time. Efforts to improve ties between Egypt and Iran have been ongoing, with Raisi showing a willingness to mend relations. Bilateral talks, facilitated by Iraq, aim to restore official ties between the two countries, which have been at odds since the Islamic revolution in Iran and Egypt’s peace treaty with…

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