Egypt / by Michelle Ryan

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir accused Egypt of supporting rebels in Sudan. The Sudanese government banned imports of agricultural and animal products from Egypt following its accusations that Egypt is supporting Sudanese rebels. Khaled Ali, an Egyptian human rights lawyer and potential presidential election candidate, is on trial for charges of offending public decency. Egypt blocked access to at least 21 news sites including Al-Jazeera, HuffPost Arabi, and Mada Masr. President el-Sisi ratified a law restricting NGO activity to developmental and social work and introducing jail terms of up to five years for non-compliance. Islamic State's leader in Egypt warned Muslims to stay away from Christian gatherings and government facilities, suggesting that the militant group will keep up attacks on ‘legitimate targets’. Egypt's Interior Ministry released a statement that government forces killed eight members of the Muslim Brotherhood in order to prevent an act of terror. Masked gunmen killed 28 people on a bus carrying Coptic Christians who were traveling to the St. Samuel Monastery in Minya province. In response to the attack in Minya, Egyptian forces launched air strikes targeting militant training camps in Libya. Egypt's parliament passed an investment law on 7 May intended to streamline doing business in Egypt and create incentives for investors. Egypt announced a $2.49 billion aid package to assist Egyptian
citizens during a time of high inflation.