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CAIRO, Aug 20, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian Local Development Minister Mahmoud Sha'arawi said on Monday that 18 new human rights units were established in different governorates as part of the State's efforts to promote human rights culture.

The new units were set up in the governorates of Qalyoubia, Alexandria, Beheira, Gharbiya, Kafr el Sheikh, South Sinai, Dakahlia, Sharqiya, Suez, Beni Suef, Minya, Fayyum, Sohag, New Valley, Qena, Aswan, Red Sea and Luxor, the minister said in press statements.

New units will be also set up in the remaining governorates within the coming few days, he said.

The units will be tasked with examining complaints related to human rights and provide humanitarian services in the health, education and women's and children's rights, he said.

The ministry will keep a close eye on these units and will punish the persons who turn a deaf ear to citizens's problems, he said.

CAIRO, Aug 20, 2018 (MENA) - North Cairo Criminal Court will hold on Saturday the first session of the trial of the eight defendants charged with kidnapping a child in Shorouk city.

The defendants were referred to the criminal court after the public prosecution accused them of kidnapping a seven-year-old boy, holding him by force for five days and possessing weapons.

In July, Samy Hesham Fayez was kidnapped by a black car with dark windows while he was inside the car of his mother’s friend, who was picking him up from school.

Later, the boy’s grandfather received a call from someone asking for LE 2.5 million as ransom but the police managed to foil the abduction operation and bring back the child.

MECCA, Aug 20, 2018 (MENA) – The Egyptian Health Ministry announced Monday the death of an Egyptian pilgrim in Saudi Arabia, taking the total number to 20.

In exclusive statements to MENA, head of the official medical mission Dr. Mohamed Shawky said that the hajj rituals are going smoothly at Mount Arafat.

He noted that four committees are inspecting all hospitals located in Arafat to get acquainted with the conditions of Egyptian pilgrims who were admitted to hospitals after feeling sick.

He added that 33 Egyptian pilgrims who were admitted to Saudi hospitals were transported by ambulances to Arafat to continue their rituals.

Standing on Arafat represents the most important part of the Hajj.

The Hajj is one the five major pillars, or tenets, of Islam that followers of the religion must abide by.

NYON, Aug 20, 2018 (MENA) - Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announced the list of candidates to win the best player in Europe award for 2018.

The list included Egyptian international and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, Portuguese international and Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo and Croatian international and Real Madrid star Luka Modric.

The winner will be announced on August 30 in Monaco, on the sidelines of the UEFA Champions League's group stage draw for the next season, UEFA said on its official website.

CAIRO, Aug 20, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi extended on Monday his heartfelt greetings to all Egyptians over Eidual Adha.

"We thank God for these blessed days and call upon him to grant us security, prosperity and blessing", Sisi said in his social media accounts.

CAIRO, Aug 20, 2018 (MENA) - Transport Minister Hisham Arafat asserted that the Regional Ring Road will save LE 800 million annually for the State budget as it reduces the amount of fuel used in transferring cargo.

In an interview with MENA , Arafat said that the project will be inaugurated soon, adding that it will connect all the main highways in Egypt and help in easing traffic congestion in Cairo.

He further underscored that his ministry implemented 50% of the National Roads Project which will be finalised in two years.

Arafat said that the ministry constructs axes on the Nile River in the Upper Egyptian governorates within the framework of a strategy to control encroachments on agricultural lands in fulfilment of directives by  President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

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