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Contingency plan in place at Cairo Airport for 30 June: Aviation minister

Emergency plan includes the possibility of collaborating with the military in case of any emergency

Ahram Online , Wednesday 19 Jun 2013
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A security plan has been put in place at Cairo International Airport in anticipation of any developments that may occur at mass anti-government protests planned for 30 June, Minister for Civil Aviation Ahmed El-Maadawy said.

The minister said on Wednesday that he holds regular meetings with senior security officials at the airport to ensure it is secure and ready to "face any potential scenarios."

Egypt is expecting nationwide demonstrations by the end of the month aimed at pushing President Mohamed Morsi – who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood movement – to step down and hold early presidential elections.

El-Maadawy added that the plan includes security procedures for all trips in Egyptian airports, including the possibility of coordinating with the armed forces in case of an emergency.

On Tuesday, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said that the security preparations for upcoming protests will entail the closing down of tunnels and ferries over the Suez Canal that connect Sinai to the rest of Egypt.

Meanwhile, the minister reiterated that the security of the Itihadiya Palace, the expected location of the Cairo rallies, is the responsibility of the presidential guard.

However, he explained that interior ministry forces will be present at the presidential palace to preempt clashes between opponents and supporters of Morsi.

In addition, he said that the ministry will also send forces to the Egyptian Media Production City (EMPC) on the outskirts of Cairo to protect the area.

Egypt has seen tensions and clashes between opponents and supporters of the calls for the 30 June protests over recent weeks. 

Islamist forces and government sympathisers are expected to hold "anti-violence" protests on 21 June in reaction to the planned 30 June demonstrations. 

Presidential advisor for political affairs, Pakinam El-Sharqawi, said on Wednesday that the presidency is committed to dealing wisely with the protests and will take all necessary legal measures to prevent violence at the protests. 

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