Explosion heard near Cairo airport, flights unaffected

Explosion heard near Cairo airport, flights unaffected

Twelve people have been injured after an explosion at a chemical factory near Cairo's airport, Egypt's state news agency MENA says.

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

Saudi-based outlet Al Arabiya cited the Egyptian Ministry of Aviation as saying that flight traffic was unaffected and that state television reported civil defense teams had brought the fire under control.

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A massive explosion has occurred in the vicinity of Cairo International Airport.

Immediately as the explosion broke out, 12 fire trucks, two water tanks, dozens of security vans and ambulances were dispatched to the scene to contain the situation. According to Reuters, officials had suspended all flights from the airport while they investigate the cause of the blast, but Egyptian member of parliament Mustafa Bakri later wrote on Twitter that normal operations had resumed.

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 airport itself was not affected by the blast and there were no immediate reports of casualties.

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