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At least 19 killed in Egyptian minibus crash

Egyptian emergency services gather near a damaged minibus which that was pulled out of a water canal following a crash in al-Dayris village near the Nile Delta city of Mansoura in the Dakahlia Governorate, some 120Km north of the capital, on November 12, 2022. (Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)
Egyptian emergency services gather near a damaged minibus which that was pulled out of a water canal following a crash in al-Dayris village near the Nile Delta city of Mansoura in the Dakahlia Governorate, some 120Km north of the capital, on November 12, 2022. (Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

CAIRO — At least 19 people have been killed and six injured when a minibus they were traveling in overturned in northern Egypt’s Nile Delta, the local health ministry says.

The minibus tumbled into a canal in Dakahlia province, the ministry says.

It was badly damaged and its windows were shattered, according to an AFP photographer at the scene.

Police have cordoned off the site as a crowd gathered to watch the rescue efforts, the photographer says.

Egyptian media outlets report the accident was caused by a malfunctioning steering wheel, without elaborating.

Traffic accidents are common in Egypt where roads are often poorly maintained and driving rules flouted.

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