Large explosion near Cairo International Airport

Large explosion near Cairo International Airport

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.

A large explosion has occurred in the vicinity of Cairo International Airport, with the blast being heard across the capital, officials and witnesses say.

Al Arabiya reported that the explosion took place near the airport's main fuel storage facility.

He said air movement at the airport had been "unaffected". A number of local tweets poured in with users claiming to have heard a loud explosion followed by the sounds of ambulances.

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Images on social media showed a tremendous cloud of fire just near the airport.

The cause of the detonation and fire at the fuel depot is unknown as of yet. The airport itself was not affected by the blast and there were no immediate reports of casualties.

All flights were temporarily suspended while an investigation into the blast took place. There is no information available on possible injuries or fatalities.

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