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Cairo Explosion: Large Blast Hits Near Egypt Airport, Reports Say

Cairo Explosion: Large Blast Hits Near Egypt Airport, Reports Say

One Twitter user, Matthew Keidas, has said: "This guy says a worker at the airport said it was an explosion at the fuel depot in Cairo airport".

The explosion could be heard from Heliopolis to Rehab areas in Cairo.

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.

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

A large explosion was heard in Cairo on Thursday evening.




Only 12 injuries were reported so far; the injured were immediately transferred to the nearest hospital to receive immediate treatment.

All flights were temporarily suspended while an investigation into the blast took place. FlightRadar24 reports that the airport is still operating.

"Civil defence trucks were deployed to bring the fire under control", he added.

Various sources are claiming that the explosion was from a fuel tanker near the airport, indicating that the incident might be an accident rather than foul play. Cairo International was the scene of a terrorist attack in 2015 when a passenger smuggled a bomb on to Metrojet Flight 9268.