Chaos at Cairo Airport, Egypt

Greek oil worker Markos Loukogiannakis who arrived in Athens on a flight carrying 181 passengers, said confusion reigned at Cairo airport.  Travellers had to negotiate a string of checkpoints just to get there.
“In a 22-km route from our suburb to the airport, we had to get through nineteen checkpoints, including nine manned by civilians,” he said.
He said security had deteriorated sharply over the past three days in Cairo after police withdrew from the streets.
“There was a wave of attacks by criminal elements who engaged in burglaries and wrecked shops and banks. There was a lot of shooting and residents took up the burden of protecting their property,” he said.


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