Cairo Airport secures 221 kg gold consignment heading to Canada
Cairo International Airport - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Cairo Airport has heightened security measures to receive a consignment of gold heading to Canada, Youm7 reported Thursday.

A flight coming from Marsa Alam town in south-eastern Egypt arrived Thursday at the airport, carrying shipment of extracted gold from El-Sokkary Mine weighing 221 kg.

The consignment was unloaded to be headed to Canada for purification.

Located in the Eastern Desert near Egypt’s Red Sea, El-Sokkary is a Gold Mine that is reported as an open pit resource and is found 30 km south of Marsa Alam.

According to Centamin exploration company website, the total measured and indicated resource was 13 million ounces (Moz) gold on June 30, 2015.

The airport has previously secured several shipments of radioactive isotopes coming from different countries, mostly used for medical purposes.

Authorities at the airport have usually assigned a delegate from the International Atomic Energy Agency to examine the shipments and make sure they met radiation limits.

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