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Egypt Police Damage Alexandria Airport in Protests, MENA Says

March 31, 2013

Egyptian policemen working at Borg El-Arab international airport in Alexandria destroyed airport property including arrival and departure halls while protesting for higher pay, state-run Middle East News Agency reported.

Police officers have destroyed cars owned by airport officials, smashed glass facades of their offices and cut Internet and electricity cables, causing an estimated loss of 1.5 million Egyptian pounds, MENA said, citing Hany Eqab, airport manager. Violent clashes erupted between police and employees, MENA said.

Air traffic halted at the airport as a result of the strike. Hundreds of lower-ranked police personnel staged protests in cities across the country, demonstrating against low pay and demanding the interior minister be dismissed.

To contact the reporter on this story: Salma El Wardany in Cairo at selwardany@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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