News

EgyptAir Hijacking: Negotiations Ongoing, Authorities Treating Threat as ‘Real’

EgyptAir Hijacking: Negotiations Ongoing, Authorities Treating Threat as ‘Real’

Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

Negotiations with the hijacker of EgyptAir’s flight MS181 are ongoing and security officials are treating the hijacker’s threats as real, Egypt’s Minister of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathy said in a press conference Tuesday.

According to the minister, the hijacker claims to be wearing a suicide belt and, while authorities remain unsure whether the belt is real, they are “carefully” dealing with the security threat as real.

Fathy said that there are currently seven people still on the plane, including the plane’s pilot and co-pilot, one air hostess, a security official and three passengers. He declined to disclose the passengers’ nationalities.

Fathy also said that the hijacker’s demands “are not yet known” and that negotiations are still underway.

Following the presser, Cyprus’ state broadcasting reported that the hijacker has demanded the release of prisoners in Egypt.

However, Cypriot President  stated earlier that the hijacker is “not a terrorist” and has “personal motives” for the hijacking.

The Guardian also quoted an “official” from Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as saying the hijacker is “not a terrorist, he’s an idiot. Terrorists are crazy but they aren’t stupid. This guy is.”

Egypt’s MFA spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid denied he had issued “any statements or remarks” to The Guardian about the hijacking incident.

Spokesman for Egypt’s presidency Alaa Youssef told CNN that the hijacker is Seif El Din Mustafa but did not disclose Mustafa’s nationality.

Reports that quickly went viral had stated that the hijacker is Ibrahim Samaha, a veterinary professor at Alexandria University. However, Samaha, who is indeed a professor, told BBC Arabic that he was on board the plane but was not the hijacker.

Egypt’s Cabinet released a statement apologizing to Samaha for the misidentification.

Meanwhile, Fathy refused to reveal the name of the hijacker during the press conference, saying his name “is not helpful” to ongoing security investigations.

Egypt’s ambassador to Cyprus is currently cooperating with Cypriot officials and following up on the situation as it develops, according to a statement from Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This story is developing.

EgyptAir Hijacking: Hostage Situation Over, Hijacker Arrested
Passengers Released from Hijacked EgyptAir Plane

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

A snapshot from a video released on Twitter by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis on August 28, 2014.

Australia Declares ‘Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis’ a Terrorist Organization

Egyptian StreetsDecember 10, 2016
nieuwe-groep-claimt-aanslag-cairo-961x658

Seven Killed in Giza, Kafr El-Sheikh Explosions Targeting Police

Egyptian StreetsDecember 10, 2016
1000_1472412595osama_mursi_22415

Former President Morsi’s Son Arrested

Egyptian StreetsDecember 9, 2016
azzasoliman

Egyptian Women’s Rights Activist Azza Soliman Released on Bail after Arrest

Egyptian StreetsDecember 8, 2016
Credit: Martin Roemers/Anastasia Photo

Professors and Doctors Among 45 Arrested in Egypt Organ Trafficking Ring

Egyptian StreetsDecember 6, 2016
05black

Egypt’s Foreign Reserves Rise to $US 23 Billion

Egyptian StreetsDecember 6, 2016
1200x-1-1024x697-1

Naguib Sawiris Steps Down as CEO of Orascom in Surprise Resignation

Egyptian StreetsDecember 6, 2016
One of the leaked images allegedly from a Heinz Egypt factory.

Senior Heinz Egypt Employee Arrested After 62 Tonnes of Rotten Tomatoes Found

Egyptian StreetsDecember 6, 2016
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2016 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.