EL WATAN NEWS, REUTERS ARABIC, AL AHRAM (Egypt)
CAIRO – The death toll has risen to 20 in a train crash near Egypt's capital, the second deadly rail accident in two months.
The crash in the city of Giza late Monday has also left more than 170 injured, Reuters reports. On November 17 in the southern city of Assiout, a train hit a school bus, killing more than 40 children.
The latest accident involved two trains crashing into each other. Most of the victims are believed to be members of the Egyptian military. An army spokesman reported to Al Ahram that earlier reports of a military train were incorrect, and that the soldiers were traveling on a regular railline.
Amidst a politically tension atmosphere in Egypt, calls immediately came for the resignation of Transportation Minister Hatem Abdellatif, who had taken over for Mohamed Rachad Al Matiny who'd been forced out of office after November's accident. Coincidentally, on Tuesday, Al Matiny was in court, where he denied responsibility for the Assiout accident, El Watan reported.