Egypt punishes Alexandria train disaster ‘selfie medics’

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Egypt’s health ministry has punished six medics who took selfies in front of a deadly train wreck by transferring them to a remote part of the country, it said Saturday, following an online uproar.

Two trains collided Friday near the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, killing 41 people in one of the deadliest such accidents in the North African country.


The health ministry’s director of emergency services Ahmed al-Ansari told AFP six members of the ambulance crew have been transferred to the western Siwa oasis as punishment.

It was “inappropriate conduct,” he said.

The pictures showed rescuing personnel at the scene capturing selfies using their mobile phones with the collided trains in the background.

On Twitter, a user described the act as “insensitive to the accident and an irresponsible behavior.”

Another Facebook user expressed her shock over the selfie, wondering how the men were able to do that “in the middle of a heartbreaking incident.”


Friday’s train collision in Alexandria has left at least 41 dead and 179 injured, a statement from the health ministry read.

One of the trains was travelling from Cairo, and the other from Port Said when the rear carriages clashed due to a wrong signal from a railway worker.

(With AFP)

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