A student has died in hospital after being injured last week in clashes with police at Alexandria University. Omar Sherif is the first fatality in clashes that have rocked Egyptian universities since the beginning of term on October 11.
Army major general Khaled Abdel-Sallam al-Sadr will begin his new job as secretary-general of Egypt's House of Representatives â€“ the lower house of parliament â€“ this week, becoming the first man from military ranks to hold this post.
At least 195 university students were arrested across Egypt in the first week of the new semester, according to reports released by the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE).
Last October, the Obama administration announced it was holding back four large-scale weapons systems purchased for Egypt, including 125 M1-A1 battle tank kits, twenty F-16 fighter jets, twenty Harpoon cruise missiles, and ten Apache attack helicopters. It made their delivery contingent upon â€ścredible progress toward an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government through free and fair elections.â€ť This was a significant move, the first time a US administration had ever suspended any of the annual $1.3 billion military aid package. The administration lifted its hold on the Apaches, which are now on their way to Egypt, but the other weapons remain in storage in the United States, more than a year later.
News agency Associated Press (AP), reported on Wednesday the involvement of Egyptian aircraft in the bombing of Islamist militias in Libyaâ€™s second city, Benghazi. However, Egyptâ€™s presidential spokesperson denied the claims.