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Egypt’s Transportation Minister Resigns Over Train Accident

Egypt’s Transportation Minister Resigns Over Train Accident

Minister of Transportation Hisham Arafat

Egypt’s Transportation Minister Hisham Arafat submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli after the huge blaze that broke out at Cairo’s Railway Station in Ramsis.

At least 25 people were killed and 40 others were injured when a blaze broke out in Cairo’s Ramses Railway Station early Wednesday, according to local media.

The Ministry of Transportation reports that the train slammed into the platform at Ramsees Station’s platform number six. The crash caused a massive fire that killed dozens. On social media, users have been sharing graphic photographs of the incident, with many showing charred bodies on the railway tracks and nearby platform.

All movement to and from Ramsees Station has completely halted as security has closed off the site with ambulances and firefighters nearby.

Source: Reuters

Immediately following the incident, various members of the Egyptian government traveled to the area of the incident.

In statements to the media, Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly vowed to exact the harshest punishment on those responsible for the incident.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s Prosecutor-General has opened an investigation into the incident and police are investigating CCTV cameras and talking to witnesses to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The story is being updated.

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