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Egypt to release six Indian seamen

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Cairo: An Egyptian court has ordered the release of six Indian seamen who were detained in February last year after clearing them of all charges.

“Six Indian seamen cleared of all charges by Hurgada court today in Egypt. Going home after 19 months. Best Diwali gift!,” India’s Ambassador to Egypt, Sanjay Bhattacharyya, tweeted on Tuesday evening.

Hurgada is a Red Sea beach resort.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, during her visit to Egypt in August, had sought her Egyptian counterpart Sameh Hassan Shoukry’s intervention for securing the release of the six Indian seamen.

Details of the circumstances under which the six were detained are not available yet.

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi visited India in October to take part in the third India-Africa Forum Summit.

(IANS)

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Excavations in Egypt’s Sinai Helped Archaeologists Discover Ancient Workshop

Egypt hopes such discoveries will spur tourism.

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This undated photo released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, shows an ancient workshop to build and repair ships, dating back to the Ptolemaic era in the country's Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. VOA

Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered an ancient workshop used to build and repair ships that dates back to the Ptolemaic era (332 B.C.-30 B.C.) in the Sinai Peninsula.

The Antiquities Ministry says Tuesday that excavations took place in the Tel Abu Saifi archaeological site in Northern Sinai. The site is said to have been the location of the Roman fortress of Silla.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says the workshop includes two dry dockyards where ships were built or repaired.

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Egypt hopes such discoveries will spur tourism. Pixabay

The Greco-Roman period in Egypt spans from its fall to Alexander the Great in the 4th century B.C. to the Islamic conquest in the 7th century.

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Egypt hopes such discoveries will spur tourism, which suffered a major setback during the unrest that followed the 2011 uprising. (VOA)

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