Fire breaks out near British Embassy preceding Friday protests
Egyptian civil protection forces - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A fire broke out Friday morning near the British embassy, due to what appeared to be short circuit inside one of the security vehicles that secures the embassy, Youm7 reported.

Security forces said that the fire caused panic to Garden City residences, but any links to terrorist activity are not expected.

As a protective measure, security forces closed all the roads that lead to the embassies of Britain, the United States and Canada, banning all residents and journalists from taking any photos of the fire, Youm7 reported.

The British embassy commented on the incident in statements reported by MENA Friday, saying that what happened was just a “contingency” that didn’t affect the embassy, and that they appreciated the cooperation of the security forces controlling the situation.

Other separate incidents and riots took place following Friday prayers, Youm7 reported, as clashes erupted between security forces demonstrators in Ain Shams, Matarya and Giza.

It was reported that about 15 persons were arrested in Giza, after being charged with attacking governmental facilities, conducting illegal demonstrations and chanting with slogans against the army and police.

In Mataria 8 persons were arrested after for participating in marches and demonstrations against the army, which were dispersed with tear gas.

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