Egypt : tight security for New Year celebrations

A member of the special police forces stand guard in Cairo, Egypt. Photo : REUTERS

NEWSROOM (ADV) – Egypt’s Armed Forces, in coordination with the Ministry of Interior, has intensified measures to New Year’s celebrations nationwide, the army said in a statement on Monday.

“The General Command of the Armed Forces has taken every measure to secure the celebrations of New Year in all governorates of the republic,” a statement by military spokesperson Tamer al-Refai said.

According to the statement, security forces are ready to be deployed to ensure the safety of citizens at places of vital facilities.

The military spokesperson said that all forces have been trained on how to deal with threats that may disturb the celebrations.

“Special Forces units have prepared many combat groups to assist with tactical formations in securing the celebrations; the Rapid Deployment Forces will also function as backup in case of any disruptions to the celebrations,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Minister of Defence Mohamed Zaki stressed the need to ensure that all participating forces understand the tasks assigned to them to secure the celebrations, to address all threats and act in emergency situations in cooperation with police forces, according to official Ahram Online news website.

“Military police in cooperation with police forces will also deploy moving patrols and set up checkpoints,” al-Refai said.

The Suez Canal will have its own security measures, with all navigational routes to be monitored to prevent smuggling, he added.

The Interior Ministry enhanced the deployment of security forces since Friday in all governorates to secure the New Year celebrations.

The security alert initiates an intensification of security services at all vital and important institutions in order to provide a secure environment during the celebrations, said the ministry in a statement.

Security agencies from all security directorates have already started to implement large-scale plans and procedures to maintain security and order, combat crimes of all forms, and achieve discipline during the celebrations, according to the statement.

“The measures include deploying fixed and mobile checkpoints and rapid intervention forces,” the statement read.

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