Arson suspected at Egypt ministry of tourism building

MENA, Dalia Farouk, Sunday 3 Apr 2011

Fire fighters put ‎out a blaze this morning at Misr Travel Tower, which hosts Egypt’s tourism ministry

Several floors of Misr Travel Tower, where Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and its affiliates are ‎located, were set alight Sunday morning. Fire fighters put ‎out the blaze, which ‎caused no injuries or deaths. ‎
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Six fire trucks rushed to the tower in the district of Abbassia and managed to ‎contain ‎the situation without major losses before military forces evacuated the building.‎

MENA, the Egyptian official agency, reported the first floor was on fire.

Eyewitness, Sami Mahmoud, ‎Undersecretary Head of the International Tourism Sector, said the 16th and the 18th floors were ‎burning, as well.

While he believes it was an electric fire, it’s yet to be confirmed whether it was an accidental fire or another episode in a series ‎of ‎arson attacks. ‎

Many public buildings in Egypt were set ablaze over the past weeks, including the premises of the ‎‎Ministry of Interior and the Central Bank of Egypt. ‎

It’s widely believed that the remnants of the National Democratic Party and state security ‎‎figures are culpable of these incidents.‎ Many are convinced they are seeking to destroy documents that may convict many NDP supporters of multiple crimes.‎

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