At least one was killed and several people were injured on Thursday, August 2, at Nile City Towers in Cairo after clashes erupted between security men and alleged thugs.
The so-called thugs attacked the Fairmont Hotel at the Nile City Towers with Molotov cocktails. One of them was shot dead by a police officer according to Egyptian state-run newspapers.
Some other reports say the number of people killed in the clashes was two.
Several burnt, damaged and overturned vehicles could be seen outside the hotel.
Eyewitnesses said the clashes erupted when a man entered Fairmont Hotel and demanded money, threatening people with a knife until the police officer confronted him and shot him dead.
Egypt’s Ministry of Interior stated that the man who was killed has a criminal record and was detained for security reasons.
He and his fellows were thugs who received monthly money from the hotel for protection and when the hotel management refused the thugs started rioting, according to the Ministry’s report.
The police arrested 15 men charged of being involved in the clashes and the prosecution is currently interrogating eight of them.
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: August 2, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: August 2, 2012
Video Size: 103 MB
Zoom in, smoke coming out of Fairmont Hotel at Nile City Towers in Cairo
Zoom in, a damaged car in smoke and crowds of people around it
Medium shot, two damaged cars outside the hotel
Pan right, external shot of the hotel with aftermath of stones on the ground
Medium shot, a firefighter extinguishing two burning cars
Medium shot, an overturned damaged and burnt car surrounded by a crowd
Long external shot of Fairmont Hotel
Zoom out, a number of shirtless men, some holding sticks, outside the hotel – they are the ones accused of being thugs
Various shots of the damaged cars and the crowds of people and security men outside the hotel
Tilt up, the large tower of Fairmont Hotel