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Were 'Infiltrators' Responsible For Egypt's Deadly Soccer Fan Violence?

In Port Said, Egypt, more than 70 people were killed after violence erupted at the end of a Wednesday night soccer match. But some are already asking whether the authorities, trying to reassert control after the Arab spring movement, may have played a rol

A bloodied fan after the Port Said match (Facebook)
A bloodied fan after the Port Said match (Facebook)

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PORT SAID — Local residents in this northern coastal city are adamant that the violence at Wednesday's football match here was caused by infiltrators, not hardcore local football fans. More than 70 people died and at least 300 were injured in the melee that erupted when the match ended.

On Thursday, a handful of supporters of the Masry Football Club, which beat Cairo's Ahly 3-1 before the violence began, desribed the previous night's events as the premeditated work of infiltrators taking advantage of a deliberately orchestrated security vacuum. The fans said the gate between the stands and the pitch was left open. But the exit to the area where Ahly fans were sitting was kept closed, they claimed.

Thousands of people gathered outside the Port Said governor's headquarters by late afternoon, chanting, "Port Said is innocent!" and "This is the truth." The blame security forces for the deadly violence.

"This is a conspiracy. We wouldn't do this to our brothers," said Mohamed Abdel Fattah, standing outside of the governor's office. "The Ahly supporters were predominantly from Port Said. My brother was one of them. Port Said is sad today; all residents of the city are sad and feel as if their own relatives have died."

News emerged from the People's Assembly Thursday that the Port Said governor resigned in response to the tragedy.

Read the full story by Abdel-Rahman Hussein in Al-Masry Al-Youm

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In Uganda, Having A "Rolex" Is About Not Going Hungry

Experts fear the higher food prices resulting from the conflict in Ukraine could jeopardize the health of many Ugandans. Take a look at this ritzy-named simple dish.

Zziwa Fred, a street vendor who runs two fast-food businesses in central Uganda, rolls a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex.

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WAKISO — Godfrey Kizito takes a break from his busy shoe repair shop every day so he can enjoy his favorite snack, a vegetable and egg omelet rolled in a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex. But for the past few weeks, this daily ritual has given him neither the satisfaction nor the sustenance he is used to consuming. Kizito says this much-needed staple has shrunk in size.

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Most streets and markets in Uganda have at least one vendor firing up a hot plate ready to cook the Rolex, short for rolled eggs — which usually comes with tomatoes, cabbage and onion and is priced anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 Ugandan shillings (28 to 57 cents). Street vendor Farouk Kiyaga says many of his customers share Kizito’s disappointment over the dwindling size of Uganda’s most popular street food, but Kiyaga is struggling with the rising cost of wheat and cooking oil.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has halted exports out of the two countries, which account for about 26% of wheat exports globally and about 80% of the world’s exports of sunflower oil, pushing prices to an all-time high, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, a United Nations agency. Not only oil and wheat are affected. Prices of the most consumed foods worldwide, such as meat, grains and dairy products, hit their highest levels ever in March, making a nutritious meal even harder to buy for those who already struggle to feed themselves and their families. The U.N. organization warns the conflict could lead to as many as 13.1 million more people going hungry between 2022 and 2026.

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