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Massive Explosion Reported Near Cairo Airport

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Massive Explosion Reported Near Cairo Airport

The explosion could be heard from Heliopolis to Rehab areas in Cairo. Photo credit: Twitter user LalaKdaho

A large explosion was heard in Cairo on Thursday evening. Witnesses have taken to sharing photos of the explosion in which plumes of smoke seem to be billowing from the scene, near Cairo airport.

Cairo residents in Heliopolis, Rehab and Nasr city claim to have heard the explosion. However, state reports have yet to confirm the exact location nor the origin of the explosion.

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.

The Minister of Civil aviation issued an official statement in which he said that the incident did, indeed, occur outside of the airport, at a fuel tanker, near the Joseph Tito axe, and that all flights were resuming as scheduled.

The story is developing.

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Cairo-based and with nine years of experience in journalism, Sara is deputy editor-in-chief and managing editor of Egyptian Streets. She holds two Bachelors (Egyptology and Journalism) from the American University in Cairo (2011). Her interests include history, comparative archaeology, gender, religion, minority rights, science fiction, and the environment.

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