CAIRO: “More than 6 million EGP was the initial value that Egypt lost from the riot acts of burning public transportations buses,” head of the Public Transport Authority (PTA) Hisham Attiya told The Cairo Post Sunday.
In the first anniversary of the Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Squares sit-ins anniversary, pro-Muslim Brotherhood supporters were planning to disrupt and burn public buses, including attempts to set nine buses in Giza on fire. “Four of the buses were completely burnt and lost and while five were partially burned,” Attiya said.
The four burnt buses were completely destroyed because they were soaked in gasoline, Attiya said and that the cost of repairs were estimated at 6 million EGP (1.5 million EGP per bus). The other five buses were partially burned after Molotov cocktails were thrown onto them.
“It’s going to cost 400 EGP to fix each of the partially burned buses,” he added.
When asked whether there are measures by the government to prevent the outbreak of public buses fires, Attiya said 350 observers are already spread out in all public squares throughout Egypt, main stations, and also inside buses. “PTA also coordinated with the Egyptian Transport police and operation rooms affiliated to the Ministry of Transportation to foil terrorist plans to disrupt public utilities and burn public buses,” he added.
There were several cases of protesters who threw Molotov cocktails at public property last Thursday, some thrown onto buses in Zahraa Ain Shams, Imbaba, El-Marg bus station. The attacks are believed to be linked to Muslim Brotherhood organizations.
“Those who destroy and demolish are not Egyptians,” @ayd1386 said on her Twitter account.
“There is a plot against Egypt to induce sedition in the country. Good wishes for Egypt and its people,” @wafaabeshay tweeted.