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Ferry tragedy families attack offices


Relatives of passengers on the stricken Egyptian ferry which sank in the Red Sea last week have ransacked the offices of the ship’s owner. The fate of hundreds of people is still not known and families have been maintaining a desperate vigil for news.

There have been a number of clashes with riot police at the port of Safaga where the Al Salam 98 was due to arrive on Thursday. Official figures says 387 people were rescued and 135 bodies have been found so far. Relatives are also reported to have stormed a hospital where photos of some victims had been displayed. Survivors of the tragedy have been arriving at Cairo from Safaga. One man backed up claims that the captain refused to turn back to Saudi Arabia after a fire broke out. He said people were told everything would be OK. Another survivor man said the crew abandoned passengers as the vessel sank. Around 1,400 people were on board the Al Salam. Most were Egyptian workers returning from Saudia Arabia.
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