Massive fuel tank explosion rocks Cairo airport

Friday, 13 Jul, 2018

Twelve people have been injured after an explosion at a chemical factory near Cairo's airport, Egypt's state news agency MENA says.

Images on social media showed a tremendous cloud of fire just near the airport.

A large explosion was heard in Cairo on Thursday evening.

Civil defense authorities deployed to the scene are battling to bring the blaze under control.

Reuters reported that flight activity at Cairo's airport has been suspended.

According to Military Spokesperson Tamer al-Rifai, preliminary reports suggest the explosion took place due to the high temperature caused by the hot weather.

The blast is believed to have been the result of two fuel storage tanks, owned by a petrochemical company, catching fire and exploding outside the airport perimeter.

In 2016, ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Russian Metrojet flight that departed from the Egyptian city of Sharm El Sheikh.

This story will be updated with the latest information once it becomes available.