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Scores of Casualties in Egypt Road Accidents 

Scores of Casualties in Egypt Road Accidents 

Saturday, 23 December, 2017 - 12:30
A general view of El Fauquier (The Poor), a crash damaged vehicles and second-hand car shop, is pictured in Cairo, Egypt November 14, 2017. Reuters

Two accidents on Egypt's roads have killed at least 26 people in three days, authorities said.

A collision Saturday involving a minibus on a desert road 145 kilometers south of Cairo left 13 dead, the health ministry said.

The small bus crashed into a truck on the main road connecting the southern city of Beni Suef to Cairo, it said. All those killed were on the bus, which was carrying 17 people.

That came just days after a crash on the same road also claimed 13 lives.

Road accidents are common in Egypt due to badly maintained roads and poor enforcement of traffic laws.

The country's official statistics agency says 14,700 road accidents took place in 2016, leaving more than 5,000 people dead.

But authorities have moved to strengthen enforcement of traffic laws.

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