Egypt explosion: Twelve hurt in blast near Cairo airport

Egypt explosion

Egypt explosion

A strong explosion at a chemical tank near Cairo airport in the east of the Egyptian capital has left at least a dozen people injured, the army said on Thursday night.

A number of local tweets poured in with users claiming to have heard a loud explosion followed by the sounds of ambulances.

Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Younis Al Masry, a former Egyptian Air Force officer who only took up the post in June 2018 during a cabinet shuffle, confirmed that the fuel dump has exploded, but offered no additional information.

Local media reported several injuries, but no deaths.

He said air movement at the airport had been "unaffected".

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The cause of the explosion was not immediately known. Sky News Arabic correspondent Faisal bin Huraiz shared an eyewitness video showing an explosion in the direction of what appeared to be Cairo International Airport.

All flights have been suspended at the airport while officials investigate the blast.

Civil defense authorities deployed to the scene are battling to bring the blaze under control.

The ministry's spokesperson affirmed that the flights at the airport were not at all affected by the explosion.

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