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Smoke and mirrors: Smuggled cigarettes

There’s no doubt that smoking is a detrimental practice; no matter how light some cigarettes are, they still do harm to the body. Yet in Egypt, about 40% of adult men and 8% of adult women are smokers, and since 25 January, access to cigarettes has only increased, as new brands have entered the Egyptian market illegally and are sold at cheaper prices. The Daily News Egypt looks into the issue of smuggled cigarettes and their additional harmful impact on smokers.

Sarah El Masry

Dealer admits smuggling Egyptian treasures to US

By AFP NEW YORK: An antiques dealer pleaded guilty Wednesday to smuggling ancient Egyptian treasures, including a coffin, to the United States. Mousa Khouli, also known as Morris Khouli, aged 38, faces up to 20 years of prison for “smuggling Egyptian cultural property into the United States and making a false statement to law enforcement …


Libyan tribe closes border crossing with Egypt

By Aya Batrawy and Rami Al-Shaheibi / AP BENGHAZI: Libyan tribesmen have closed the country’s main border crossing with Egypt, complaining of a rise in crime and rampant smuggling of drugs and weapons across the frontier, residents and officials said. Although most of the Libyan smugglers are members of the same Wilad Ali tribe that has …


Egypt loses LE 4 bln to illicit cigarette trade

By Reem Abdellatif CAIRO: Egypt is losing LE 4 billion (about $662 million) annually due to a “shocking surge” in the trade of illicit cigarettes with a rapidly increasing number of low-cost brands, according to a study by British American Tobacco. Fueled by increasing cigarette prices, more than 100 low-cost brands flooded the local market in …


Egypt’s rice export ban only benefits smugglers

By Maha El Dahan and Sherine El Madany / Reuters ABU DHABI/CAIRO: Smugglers in the Middle East are enjoying an unlikely moneyspinner — illegal medium grain rice. Shoppers across the Gulf, mostly unaware of the smuggling, depend on Egyptian rice to make popular Middle Eastern recipes such as mahshi, a stuffed vegetable dish, since Cairo refused …


Egypt convicts Israelis, Ukrainian for arms smuggling

By Shaimaa Fayed / Reuters CAIRO: Two Israelis and a Ukrainian were sentenced to life in prison by an Egyptian court on Monday on charges of smuggling a machinegun and ammunition across the Israeli border into Egypt, a court source said. The Ukrainian and one of the Israelis are in Egyptian custody, while the other defendant …


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