Egypt death toll rises to 17 in Nile collision; 2 detained

Egypt’s health ministry says the death toll from a collision of two boats on the Nile the night before has risen to 17, after two more bodies were retrieved from the river. Health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar told The Associated Press the search for the victims continued into Thursday. A passenger boat and a scow collided late Wednesday near Cairo. Initially, 15 bodies were recovered and four were rescued. Prosecutor Khaled Abdel-Hameed ordered the scow’s captain and his assistant detained, accusing them of manslaughter. Nile traffic has been heavy, especially near Cairo, as Egyptians celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday following the holy month of Ramadan.



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