CAIRO – Egypt’s government has detained four journalists working for the Qatar-based Al Jazeera English news channel, arresting them during raids on a five-star hotel and at least one private residence Sunday night.
The journalists, including an Australian national, are accused of harming national security through links to the recently banned Muslim Brotherhood organization, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The arrests are the latest development in a rapidly escalating crackdown on the Brotherhood, an Islamist group that the government last week declared a terrorist organization.
Lebanese fire on Syrian aircraft
Lebanese forces fired on Syrian aircraft that violated the country’s airspace on Monday, the first time they have done so since Syria’s uprising broke out three years ago, security officials said.
Lebanese officials said the military fired anti-aircraft guns at two Syrian helicopters after they fired four projectiles in a mountainous, barren area close to the eastern Lebanese town of Arsal.
Also Monday, a U.N. official said at least 15 people have died of hunger-related illnesses in a besieged area of Damascus over the past four months.
Uganda demands S. Sudan cease-fire
Uganda’s president on Monday warned South Sudan’s rebel leader against rejecting the government’s offer of a cease-fire, saying regional leaders would unite to defeat the former vice president who is accused of mounting a failed coup in the world’s newest country.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni told reporters in Juba, the South Sudan capital, that a regional bloc known as IGAD had given Riek Machar four days to respond to the cease-fire offer.