CAIRO: Rapid Intervention Forces (RIF) deployed Thursday to restore order in Cairo’s streets and major squares, security sources at Cairo security department told Youm7 Thursday.
The source said that Cairo security chief, Major General Ali Al Demerdash, ordered a random deployment of the RIF throughout the day to deter sexual harassment, as well as deter attempts to threaten public security.
A video of women being sexually harassed and forcibly stripped in Tahrir Square, went viral. The victim, Ikram, 43, was attending a public celebration of the inauguration of Egypt’s newly-elected President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi with her daughter.
In a video aired by state television, Sisi visited Ikram and assured her the state would take all possible actions and that the law will be firmly applied against her alleged assailants.
Several departments in the Cairo Security Directorate began a campaign Monday evening to remove street vendors from several squares in the capital.
The campaign aims primarily to remove vendors from crammed streets to ease traffic digestion and also as part of plans to maintain security downtown Cairo. It would also restore the civilized appearance of Cairo, Demerdash told Youm7.
In early May, Cairo Security Directorate established its first RIF to restore security throughout the capital. It was stationed at Talaat Harb square in downtown Cairo and consisted of an armored security vehicle, two patrols, and a number of security personnel equipped with guns.
The unit was formed under the supervision of the Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim to improve the security in the streets of Egypt, Leader of security forces in Cairo Khaled Metwally told Youm7.
The security personnel of the RIF are highly trained and armed with firearms to deal with any terrorist attacks, according to head of Central Security Forces in Cairo, Major General Khaled Metwally.
Last week, Sisi ordered Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab to form a ministerial commission with representatives from Al-Azhar and the Coptic Orthodox Church to study the phenomena of sexual harassment, presidential spokesperson Ihab Badawy said in a Wednesday press statement.