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Tutankhamun’s gilded coffin leaves its tomb for the first time since 1922 | Somerset County Gazette

The gilded outer coffin has been removed from the king’s tomb for the first time since it was discovered in 1922 and it will take eight months to restore weaknesses in the plaster.

Tutankhamun, known as the “Golden Pharaoh”, was an 18th dynasty king who ruled from the age of eight to 19. He died in 1324BC and is best known for being the first royal tomb to be discovered almost entirely intact.

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Scans of King Tut’s Tomb Reveal Hidden Rooms, Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry Says – NBC News

CAIRO — Radar scans of King Tut’s tomb have revealed two empty spaces on the north and east chambers of the pharaonic mausoleum, Egypt’s antiquities ministry said Thursday.

King Tutankhamun, often dubbed the boy king, was an Egyptian pharaoh who rose to power in 1333 B.C., at the tender age of 10. His mother was Queen Nefertiti, and his father was Akhenaten.

One prominent Egyptologist has theorized that Queen Nefertiti could be buried in the walls of the 3,300-year-old pharaonic mausoleum.

Source: Scans of King Tut’s Tomb Reveal Hidden Rooms, Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry Says – NBC News

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(sky news) – Egypt operation kills 296 jihadists

Egypt's military says two soldiers have been killed during a widescale offensive against jihadists.

Egypt’s military says two soldiers have been killed during a widescale offensive against jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula that killed 64 militants on its sixth day.

The military launched the campaign on Monday to uproot militants loyal to the Islamic State group who have turned the northern part of the peninsula into a launch pad for attacks.

It says it has killed 296 militants since the start of the operation, including those killed on Saturday. It was not possible independently to verify the toll.

Eight soldiers have been killed according to the military, including the two on Saturday.

Egypt has been struggling to quell an insurgency in the peninsula since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

The government says hundreds of police and soldiers have been killed, many of them in attacks claimed by IS’s Sinai Province affiliate.

The operation came days after the Sinai Province released a video documenting its attacks on the military in Sinai, including footage of a wire-guided missile strike that destroyed a navy vessel.



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(The Guardian) – Sky News cameraman was shot in Egypt after his flak jacket was confiscated 


Mick Deane was killed by a sniper in August 2013 after his crew’s bulletproof vests were seized at Cairo airport, colleague tells coroner’s court

Sky News cameraman Mick Deane was killed by a sniper in Cairo in August 2013
Sky News cameraman Mick Deane was killed by a sniper in Cairo in August 2013. Photograph: Sky News

A veteran Sky News cameraman was shot dead in Egypt after the flak jacket that could have saved him was confiscated.

Mick Deane, 61, was hit during a raid on activists camped in the Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in Cairo, in August 2013.

Thousands of supporters of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi had staged a six-week sit-in that was being dispersed by government forces when Deane was killed.

His colleague Craig Summers, 56, who was standing next to him when he was shot, told Southwark coroner’s court that he believes Mr Deane was singled out deliberately.

He said: “I think he was targeted but I don’t know why, he was no threat anybody at all.

“I don’t know why they shot him, the only other people around were some women sitting on the floor reading the Qur’an, there was nobody standing next to us.

“Somebody looked through a scope or down the end of a rifle at shot at us, there was no shooting at all before or after he was shot.

“I have no idea where the shot might have come from, I didn’t hear the shot being fired, the first I knew about it was when Mr Deane turned to me and said ‘I’ve been shot’ and I could see blood coming through his shirt just under the left nipple.”

Summers, Sky’s broadcast security operations manager at the time, told the court that the crew had all their safety equipment confiscated from them at Cairo airport except for their helmets.

The equipment included bulletproof vests which are designed to withstand a sniper’s bullet.

They had been advised by Muslim Brotherhood contacts on the ground that wearing the helmets would make them a target for government snipers, Summers said.

He also told the court of the Sky crew’s desperate attempts to save Deane in the chaotic environment.

Summers said: “I grabbed hold of him and dragged him to the safety of an alleyway and applied a field dressing to his wound.

“The field hospital was 30 or 40 paces away and I shouted to the others that he had been shot and we got him onto a stretcher and into the field hospital.

“His chest was drained as the doctors thought he had internal damage and that perhaps a lung had collapsed.

“When we finally got him into an ambulance there was a dead person in it, he was still alive at that point and we were talking to him and trying to keep him awake.”

When they arrived at Nasr City Hospital, Deane was immediately rushed into resuscitation but doctors were unable to save him.

No other member of the Sky News team was hurt in the incident although several other journalists from across the world were shot or injured on the day.

Coroner Lorna Tagliavini concluded that despite the cause of death being a single gunshot wound to the chest she felt unable to reach a conclusion of unlawful killing.

She said: “To return a conclusion of unlawful killing I have to be sure that all the criminal elements of manslaughter or murder are met.

“I accept his cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest and I also accept that he was not wearing any protective equipment at the time of his death.

“I thank Mr Summers very much for coming along today to recall what must have been a very painful experience.

“It is unknown where the shot came from and what the motive for firing the shot was.

“Whilst it appears he was singled out, I cannot rule out entirely that the bullet was either a wayward shot that might have been aimed at another target or was intended to frighten Mr Deane.

“I therefore record a short narrative verdict: Mr Deane was shot and fatally wounded while carrying out his employment duties as a cameraman in Cairo.

“I would like to place on record my personal condolences to the friends and family of Mr Deane.”

Deane, who was married with two sons, worked for Sky for 15 years based mainly in Jerusalem and Washington DC and had survived cancer.

John Ryley, head of Sky News, said: “Mick was a valued colleague and friend to many of us at Sky News. Our thoughts are with his family today. I would like to pay tribute to Mick’s courage and skill as a cameraman. He was one of those brave broadcasters prepared to work in dangerous parts of the world in order to bring us the news.”

David Cameron paid tribute to Deane at the time of his death, saying: “I am saddened to hear of the death of cameraman Mick Deane, covering Egyptian violence. My thoughts are with his family and Sky News team.”

Another journalist, Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz, 26, a reporter for the United Arab Emirates-based Xpress newspaper, was also killed in the square.

Reports at the time suggested that as many as six journalists may have been killed or injured in the violence in Egypt on that day.

Source: Sky News cameraman was shot in Egypt after his flak jacket was confiscated | Media | The Guardian

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(ABC News) – 15 Drowned When Boats Collided on the Nile in Egypt 

Egypt’s Interior ministry says at least 15 civilians have drowned when a passenger boat traveling down the Nile near Cairo collided with a scow, causing the boat to capsize.

The ministry said the collision late Wednesday damaged the passenger boat, causing it to sink. The ministry said six people have been rescued and the skipper of the scow has been arrested.

The health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar told The Associated Press the rescue efforts continue, hampered by the darkness. Abdel-Ghaffar said only 12 bodies have arrived in the morgues of hospitals nearby.

Traffic has been heavy along the Nile, particularly near Cairo, where Egyptians have been out in droves celebrating the feast after the holy month of Ramadan. Nile rides are one of the holiday favorites, but many city dwellers also use passenger boats to travel between the Nile rivers.


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(Israel News, Ynetnews) – ISIS claims to destroy Egyptian warship with rocket

Smoke on the Water Sequence depicting the rocket approaching and hitting the ship  Moment the ship was struck  Smoke billows from the Egyptian ship (Photos: AFP) 

Sequence depicting the rocket approaching and hitting the ship

Photo shows moments of attack, which terror group claims killed troops – which Egypt denies. Roi Kais Published:  07.16.15, 19:05 / Israel News

The Islamic State terror group on Thursday claimed responsibility for firing an apparently guided rocket at an Egyptian warship in the Mediterranean Sea, north of Rafah.  The group claimed that the ship was destroyed and troops killed, but there was no official confirmation. Sequence depicting the rocket approaching and hitting the ship  Photos showing the incident could be found on social media sites after the attack. Palestinian sources said earlier Thursday that an Egyptian ship was on fire after an explosion whose cause was unclear.  An Egyptian military spokesperson issued a statement reporting exchanges of fire between naval forces and terrorists. According to an Egyptian military statement, navy vessels guarding Egypt’s shores noticed suspicious terrorist activity along the coast, chased after them, and exchanged fire. The military said this caused the ship to catch fire, but added that no one had been killed. 

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