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

Oct. 25: Two trains collided in Giza, killing 18 people. The incident highlighted safety concerns in Egypt's rail system as well as its long history of accidents. [BBC, 10/25]

Nov. 4: Twenty-three Americans - all but one of them Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agents - and two Italian secret agents were convicted by an Italian court, in absentia, of kidnapping Hasan Mustafa Usama Nasr, known as Abu 'Umar. The Egyptian cleric was abducted from Milan, Italy in 2003 and taken to Egypt where he allegedly was tortured. Those convicted received sentences from three to eight years in prison. [AFP, 10/4]

Nov. 11: In Germany, Alexander Wiens was sentenced to life in prison for the stabbing murder of Marwa Sherbini, a pregnant Egyptian woman, in a German courtroom in July 2009. The crime sparked outrage in Egypt, where officials praised the verdict as having served justice. [BBC, 11/11]

Nov. 12: The Algerian soccer team's bus was attacked by Egyptian fans as it made its way to a hotel in Cairo. The attack, in which several players allegedly were injured, took place two days before the Egyptian and Algerian teams were to play to decide which of them would qualify for the World Cup. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) said it was investigating the incident. …

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