x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Dozens missing after boats collide on Nile

An Egyptian security official says two motorboats have collided in the Nile in northern Egypt and dozens of passengers are missing.

An Egyptian security official says two motorboats have collided on the Nile in northern Egypt and dozens of passengers are missing. The official says it is not clear how many people were on board, but witnesses reported between 50 and 60 passengers. The official says 13 passengers were rescued after Friday's accident near the town of Rasheed. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media. Provincial Governor Mohammed Sharawi told Egypt's official news agency that one of the boats capsized.

Egypt has frequent transportation accidents, mainly because of poor infrastructure. A ferry sinking in 2006 killed more than 1,000 people. *AP