So this happened when I was going to the corner kiosk for water and a
I was just about to enter the store when I heard what sounded like a fight down the street. Everyone was coming out to take a look, so I looked down the street and saw a group of young guys throwing chairs around like a mob fight was about to break out, and then explosions started going off. I noticed that most people were fleeing the scene, and the Egyptian man I was standing next to put his hand on my shoulder and made a gesture that I took for, “get the fuck out of here!” So I got the fuck out of there! As I was running across the street where the explosions were going off, I noticed a young man pointing what looked like a large tube firework down the street towards the commotion. I ran past him and into the entrance to my building and was running up the first flight of stairs when I paused for a minute to see what was going on in the street and a large explosion went off directly outside the entrance on the street. It did not sound like a firework, and I’m fairly certain it was a small improvised explosive device. Didn’t stick around to ask questions, I ran up to my hostel where some of the other guests were watching from the rooftop. They said that there were explosions coming from a block or so down the street that I had run along.
Common Cairo Street Violence
Shortly after, things appear to have returned to the normal street activity, and I hear police sirens on the street, but haven’t gone down again. Still not sure what happened but it looked to me like a couple of different groups were engaging one another? I’m also not too sure if the continued yelling is anything aside from the normal street yelling that always goes on? I think that it does seem to be escalating again though. My adrenaline is still at a pretty high level, probably won’t venture out again now that it’s dusk. Turns out that Cairo street violence is pretty commonplace as the nightly gunfire and burnt-out government buildings in the nearby Tahrir Square also suggests. Little did I know how close I would come to 3 real-live (well, not anymore) suicide bombers while in Luxor…
Everyone I mentioned it to said Cairo street violence is totally normal, that the police never let it get out of hand, and it was probably just a personal disagreement. Ok, whatever, I’ll buy it so I can sleep tonight. Went and got a pizza and water and everything was just as before 🙂