Egypt to increase security measures during Eid Al-Adha

Ahram Online , Wednesday 30 Aug 2017

police officer stands guard outside the high court in Cairo (Reuters)
Police officer stands guard outside the high court in Cairo (Reuters)

Egypt's Ministry of Interior is implementing heightened security measures at places where Egyptians gather to celebrate Eid El-Adha, which begins on Friday, state-run MENA news agency reported on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and a number of ministers to discuss the government's security preparations for Eid El-Adha. 

The Ministry of Interior said it is ready to deal decisively with any attempt to disturb Eid celebrations. 

Cairo security chief Khaled Abdel-Aal also stressed at a meeting of top security officials on Wednesday the necessity of deploying officers from the violence against women unit in crowded areas.

Reports of sexual harassment have traditionally spiked in Egypt during Eid celebrations.

Abdel-Aal also stressed the necessity of enhancing security presence at public parks, squares, cinemas, theatres and other places where people congregate in large numbers.

Eid El-Adha is one of the two most important religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide.

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