Explosion heard near Cairo airport, flights unaffected

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The incident occurred late on July 12, 2018, local time. Sky News Arabic correspondent Faisal bin Huraiz shared an eyewitness video showing an explosion in the direction of what appeared to be Cairo International Airport.

According to State TV, the civil defense team has brought fire at Cairo fuel tanks near airport under control.

"Because of high temperature, one of the petrochemical vessels exploded", the spokesman said in a statement on Facebook.

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The explosion could be heard from Heliopolis to Rehab areas in Cairo. At the time of writing, eight injuries have been recorded. Witnesses have taken to sharing photos of the explosion in which plumes of smoke seem to be billowing from the scene, near Cairo airport. IT is believed to have been caused by fuel tanks. The airport itself was not affected by the blast and there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Security measures will surely be increased at the airport. In 2015, the faction managed to smuggle a bomb on board Metrojet Flight 9268 before it left Sharm El Sheikh International Airport on the peninsula, which led to the destruction of the aircraft in flight and the deaths of all 244 passengers and crew on board.