Social media users spoke this week about the Palestinian football team reaching the Asian Cup knockout round for the first time; Egypt marking the National Police Day and holding the 55th edition of the Cairo International Book Fair.
Palestine reaches Asian Cup knockout round for 1st time
The Palestinian national football team made history by reaching the 2023 AFC Asian Cup knockout rounds for the first time ever after beating Hong Kong 3-0.
With two goals from forward Oday Dabbagh and one from Zaid Qunbar, the Palestinians advanced in Group C at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha on Tuesday.
Palestine coach Makram Daboub praised his players as “heroes” following the match, as he congratulated the people of Palestine for qualifying for the next round.
“With a strong team spirit, our ambition is to advance far in this tournament. Now, with nothing to lose, we will give our best. We have demonstrated hope and I believe we can maintain this focus for the upcoming matches,” he said.
Many of those in the stands in Qatar waved Palestinian flags to show support for the team.
Egypt marks National Police Day
Every year on January 25, Egypt celebrates the National Police Day, immortalising the anniversary of the Battle of Ismailia 1952 and commemorating the January 25 Revolution when the Egyptian left to squares all over Egypt against poverty and corruption.
The reason for celebrating the National Police Day is due to the British occupation forces ordered the Egyptian policemen in Ismailia to surrender their weapons, but they refused, and this led to a battle in Ismailia, in which 50 Egyptian soldiers were killed, 80 others were wounded and the rest were captured.
In the celebration of this day, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi honoured a number of martyrs and efficient policemen.
55th edition of Cairo International Book Fair 2024
Under the slogan “We create knowledge, we preserve the world,” the 55th edition of Cairo International Book Fair 2024 started on January 25 to last to February 6, 2024 at the Egypt Centre for International Exhibition and Conferences, in the 5th Settlement.
The guest of the honour is the Kingdom of Norway. A total of 1,200 publishers will participate in the Book Fair 2024. The number of participating countries reached 70 countries of different nationalities.
The persona of the fair is the Egyptologist Salim Hassan, and the persona of the children’s exhibition is the children’s book novelist Yaqub Sharuni.
Cinderella Soad Hosany’s birthday
The late Egyptian actress Soad Hosany was born on January 26, 1943. Everybody loved her as she expressed the concerns of Egyptian classes, including aristocracy, farming and working.
Ninety one films created Cinderella’s history; eight films were listed among the most important 100 Egyptian movies. She was the heroin of some historical films such as Al Qadsiah.
She started her career at the age of 16 in Hassan and Nayima film. The last film of her was the Shepherd and the Women that was launched in 1991.
Among her unforgettable works are Saghira ala el-hob (Too young for love), Khally ballak men ZouZou (Watch out for ZouZou) and Eshaet hop (A Rumor of Love).
On June 21, 2001, cinderella passed away in London.
Her death was mysterious. While some said that she committed suicide,others said that she was killed.