Pro-Sisi rally attacked in Egypt's Nile Delta

Ahram Online, Monday 5 May 2014

Campaign event for Egypt's ex-army chief bombarded with Molotov cocktails hours before the former general was due to give first televised interview

Supporters of presidential hopeful former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi
Supporters of presidential hopeful former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi wave election posters as they celebrate during a rally in Cairo, Egypt Saturday, May 3, 2014 (Photo: AP)

Unknown assailants attacked an open-air campaign rally on Monday organised by supporters of presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in the northern Nile Delta's Damietta governorate.

According to Al-Ahram's Arabic news website, three were injured and the canopies hosting the conference caught fire when the assailants threw Molotov cocktails before the event started in the town of Kafr Saad.

The fire was controlled and security forces arrived to secure the tents, reported Al-Ahram.

The rally, the first since candidates were given a green light to start campaigning last Saturday, comes hours before El-Sisi was expected to give his first-ever televised interview.

The pro-El-Sisi event was planned to take place on Monday evening.

Egypt's upcoming presidential elections will take place on 26-27 May, with only El-Sisi and Nasserist political Hamdeen Sabahi facing off.


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