The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

Fire in Sayyeda, again

The same black, thick smoke again, as just ten days ago.

Not having checked the source of the smoke, I'm assuming it's houses burning again. This will serve as another argument to those who claim that the government uses the fires to pursue its relocation plans for parts of Sayyeda Zeinab. But I remember Masr el Youm running a full-page report on the dangerous trade in gaz bottles, which is scandalously unregulated.

Update: The smoke is already gone; maybe someone just made use of the holiday to get rid of some waste?