Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 18 August 2019

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed pledges Dh11 million to help restore Cairo hospital damaged in terror attack

Twenty people were killed and 47 people injured in a bomb blast in the Egyptian capital on Sunday

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, has donated more than Dh11 million to help restore a cancer hospital in Egypt damaged in a terror attack that claimed the lives of 20 people and injured dozens more.

A car packed with explosives crashed into three other vehicles at high speed outside the National Cancer Institute on Sunday, in one of the deadliest terrorist incidents in the Egyptian capital for many years.

The impact set off the explosives, igniting a large fire and causing significant damage to the hospital and nearby buildings.

On Monday, Egypt's Interior Ministry said that the car's cargo of explosives was destined for use in a terrorist attack elsewhere.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Facebook offered his condolences to families of the victims of the "terrorist and cowardly" assault.

Egypt is one of the UAE's longest-standing allies in the region, with Sheikh Mohamed visiting Cairo in March and May this year for talks with the country's leadership.

Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi, the UAE Ambassador to Egypt, said Sheikh Mohamed was determined to support the development, security and stability of Egypt.

He made the comments as the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi announced he was making a donation of Dh11.09 million to help fund the restoration of the hospital.

“The UAE is standing with Egypt in its fight against terrorism and extremism as a common battle against this menace, which threatens the region and the world at large,” Mr Al Junaibi said.

“The UAE stands in full solidarity with Egypt and condemns this terrorist act that took place outside the National Cancer Institute in Cairo, leaving scores of victims and injuries.

''This cowardly terrorist act will never weaken the resolve of Egypt and Egyptian people.”

The Egyptian government said a breakaway faction of the Muslim Brotherhood was responsible for the blast.

Updated: August 8, 2019 07:19 AM

SHARE

SHARE