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Anger mounts over Egyptian ferry disaster

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Anger mounts over Egyptian ferry disaster


The agonising wait for news about their loved ones is continuing for relatives of passengers on board the Egyptian that sank on Friday.

Around 700 people are still missing, but overnight some sixty survivors were pulled from the Red Sea bringing the total rescued to more than 460. Among those now receiving treatment in hospital is a six-year-old boy who spent at least 36 hours in the water. Despite his ordeal, doctors say he is in good physical shape although most of his family died in the tragedy. More details are starting to emerge about what happened during the crossing from Saudi Arabia on Thursday night. An officer from the vessel says the car deck flooded as crew members battled a fire, causing listing which eventually took the ship down. The blaze is believed to have began in a vehicle. But most people at the Safaga port are desperate to learn the fate of their families, whether or not they are alive or dead. Some have spent three days waiting there and tensions are running high. There have been a number of clashes, with relatives accusing authorities of showing them little or no respect.
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