At least 18 divers and eight rescue boats were searching for survivors as it was estimated that around 25 people were on board the ferry
The attack on the ship is the first of its kind by the IS affiliate in Egypt, representing a qualitative evolvement in the military capabilities of the group
The cause of the blast in Cairo was not immediately clear but one security official said it was a car bomb. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
The draft raised concerns that officials are taking advantage of heightened public shock at last week’s audacious attacks to effectively enshrine into law the notorious special emergency laws.
The attacks targeting police and military have increased after the ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by military following massive protests against his rule.
The assault came a day after Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pledged to step up the battle against Islamic militants and two days after the chief prosecutor was assassinated in the capital, Cairo.
In a sign of mourning, Egyptian authorities cancelled all official celebrations on June 30, the anniversary of the mass protests that led to Morsi’s ouster by the army.
The car bomb attack was claimed by “Popular Resistance of Giza”, a militant group, but Egyptian authorities blamed the Muslim Brotherhood, a claim the group denies.
Egypt’s prosecutor general survived the attack but was wounded along with his two guards and a civilian. There were no immediate claims of responsibility.
The New York based Committee to Protect Journalists said on Thursday that el-Sissi’s reign saw the highest number of journalists behind bars since 1990 for various charges on pretext of national security.
The well-known 52-year-old journalist was detained on Saturday on an Egyptian warrant at Berlin’s Tegel airport as he tried to board a Qatar Airways flight to Doha.
The Indian Embassy held Yoga Day event in Egypt on Sunday. Events included yoga classes and a photography competition titled ‘Yoga in Egypt’.
The Rafah border crossing opened this morning and will operate for three days, allowing Palestinians to travel in both directions.
The Cairo Criminal Court ruled on Thursday against 24-year-old police lieutenant Yassin Hatem Salahedeen, charged with manslaughter over the death of 32-year-old activist Shaimaa el-Sabbagh.
The attack coincided with a major regional economic summit, hosted by el-Sissi at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.