Security around archaeological sites intensified during Eid
CAIRO – 10 June 2018: Ahead of Eid al-Fitr, the Egyptian government has intensified its preparations by declaring emergency in various sectors and facilities, as well as archaeological sites.
General Mostafa Ansi, head of the General Directorate of Tourism and Antiquities Police, said Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel Ghaffar is currently following up on security preparations around areas of attraction like the Pyramids, the Cairo Citadel, Hurghada and Sharm al-Sheikh.
The security presence will also make sure to detect violations, impose heavy inspections over vehicles and tourist buses, in addition to banning hawkers and street vendors around these areas.
General Ansi added that the minister has stressed directives of heavy security presence in archaeological sites and landmarks. He also ordered all licenses of tourist ferries and restaurants in Cairo, Giza, Luxor, Aswan, Hurghada and Sharm al-Sheikh.
It is pertinent to mention that ministers stressed the intensification of monitoring campaigns in the markets to ensure the availability of necessary services for citizens.
Ansi also said there is coordination between the Public Security Sector and the Central Security Sector as they raised security preparations ahead of Eid.
Eid al-Fitr is an important religious holiday that is celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
It is estimated that the Pyramids area will receive around 30 thousand visitors during Eid, while the Cairo Citadel is likely to receive around 7-10 thousand visitors per day.