At least 21 people killed in Egypt ferry crash

Police boats search for victims of a boat accident on the River Nile in the Warraq area of Giza, Egypt. (Reuters)

At least 21 people including two children were killed after a cargo boat collided with a ferry on the Nile on Wednesday, hospital, security and political sources said, according to Agence France-Presse.

There were many children on the boat, the security and hospital sources added, without giving the ages of the two children who died.

Police said they have arrested the captain of the cargo boat and his deputy after the accident, one of many that happen on the Nile and off Egypt's coast each year.

In the worst such accident in February 2006, an Egyptian ferry sank in the Red Sea, killing more than 1,000 people.

Traffic has been heavy along the Nile, particularly near Cairo, where Egyptians have been out in droves celebrating the feast after the holy month of Ramadan. Nile rides are one of the holiday favorites, but many city dwellers also use passenger boats to travel between the Nile rivers.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46