Tight security ahead of El-Sisi inauguration

Ahram Online , Sunday 8 Jun 2014

Huge security operation in place as Cairo prepares for the inauguration of Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and a celebration concert in Tahrir Square

In front of SCC
An Egyptian soldier stands alert in front of the supreme constitutional court in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 7, 2014 (Photo:AP)

Security forces have closed the Corniche El-Nil in Maadi in preparation for the inauguration of Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi at the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC).

Seven units from the Central Security Forces (CSF) and special forces have taken their positions outside the court and in the surrounding area.

Traffic has been diverted to the Misr-Helwan highway.

The measures will be in place until midday, Police General Hassan El-Paradisy, the head of the Cairo traffic directorate, told state news agency MENA.

Tahrir Square has also been closed to traffic since early morning.

Soldiers have been stationed around the square which is expected to witness mass celebrations and a concert on Sunday.

Six tanks have been deployed in front of the nearby Egyptian Museum since Saturday.

More than 170 bomb detectors have also been sweeping the area near the Supreme Constitutional Court, Tahrir Square, Al-Ittihadiya Palace and Koubbeh Palace.

Army and police helicopters have been hovering all over Cairo and Giza since early morning.


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