CAIRO: The Egyptian Interior Ministry has stepped up security measures nationwide ahead of the New Year’s Eve celebrations, Youm7 reported.

Security forces in Cairo have reinforced their presence near churches, cinemas, public parks, restaurants and other venues expected to witness a high turnout during the celebrations, security source told Youm7 Thursday.

“Checkpoints were set up in main squares across the governorate and cars were being prevented from parking near churches and public facilities,” said the source. Metal detectors were installed at the entrance of several churches, the source added.

At least 24 were killed and 100 injured following the 2010 New Year’s Eve bombing attack took place at Alexandria’s the Two Saints Church.

In the Red Sea resort city of Sharm al Sheikh, security forces and undercover agents deployed nearby hotels, touristic destinations and at the city’s main roads, according to the source, the ministry set up an operation room for that purpose.

Hotel occupancy at Sharm Al Sheikh hotels witnesses a slight increase during the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays.

The ministry also deployed female police officers to intervene against potential sexual harassment during the celebration, the source said, adding that the ministry allocated mobile phone number 0112697722 to receive complaints and SOSs.

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