Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Egypt

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Egypt

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See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Palestinian Affairs

Jul. 16: Usama Ghazali Harb, editor of AlSiyassa Al-Dawliya, announced that he was founding the Democratic Front, an opposition party that would push for political and economic liberalization. [AFP, 7/16]

Aug. 7: Al-Qa'ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced that key members of Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, the Egyptian Islamist group, would "merge with al-Qa'ida to unite the forces of the nation into one." Karam Zohdy, a top Gama'a al-Islamiyya leader, called al-Zawahiri's announcement "sheer fabrication and lying." [BBC, 8/7]

Aug. 25: Police arrested the Muslim Brotherhood's Secretary General, Mahmud 'Izzat, in addition to 15 of the group's members. The arrestees had been meeting to discuss the Brotherhood's strategy in parliament. [AFP, 8/25]

Sept 11: The Palestinian side of Rafah began to receive electricity from a newly constructed mile-long, five-megawatt power line from the town's Egyptian side. The electricity, provided by Egypt's Canal Company for Electricity Distribution, was the first instance of the Gaza Strip receiving electricity from a state other than Israel. [AFP, 9/11]

Sept. 24: Following a 20-year freeze, officials announced that Egypt would re-launch its civil nuclear program. The government's Supreme Council for Energy met and decided on plans to build a $1. …

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