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UAE sends Egypt armoured vehicles to assist in securing elections

Ahram Online, Saturday 24 May 2014
 Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan (Photo:Reuters)

Cairo has received 15 armoured vehicles from the United Arab Emirates, to aid in securing next week’s presidential election. The vehicles were transported by army planes and were handed over to Egypt's interior ministry, an airport source told state agency MENA.

Militant attacks, primarily targeting security forces, have become common since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi by the military last summer amid mass protests against his rule. Over five hundred security personnel have been killed in the attacks.

During the January referendum on the new constitution, a bomb exploded in central Cairo. No one was injured in the blast.

Egyptians will go to the polls on 26 and 27 May.

The UAE has been one of the most vocal supporters of the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and Egypt's interim authorities.

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