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Egypt ups security nationwide ahead of Eid Al-Fitr celebrations, Africa Cup of Nations

The interior ministry said it has deployed security points and rapid deployment forces in every major axis and important and vital areas

Ahram Online , Sunday 2 Jun 2019
File photo: Members of security forces keep watch in Tahrir Square before the fifth anniversary of the January 25 uprising, in Cairo, Egypt, January 24, 2016 Reuters
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Egypt’s interior ministry said it has started upping security measures nationwide to protect and secure citizens ahead of Islamic Eid Al-Fitr celebrations, and the country hosted Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

According to an official statement Sunday, the interior ministry said it has deployed security points and rapid deployment forces in every major axis and important and vital areas.

The ministry said the deployment elements are trained in immediate response to deal firmly and decisively with whoever aims to disturb security and peace.

The announcement comes as Egypt preps to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr this week, on either Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on an observation of the new moon of the lunar month of Shawwal on Monday.

Eid Al-Fitr is a three-day religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Egypt will also be hosting Africa’s favorite AFCON between 21 June and 19 July.

It has already hosted four editions of the cup: in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006.

The Pharaohs have won the prestigious competition seven times.

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