20 killed after explosives-filled car crashes in central Cairo

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People extinguish a fire from a blast outside the National Cancer Institute, Cairo. (Reuters)
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Egyptians walk outside the National Cancer Institute in the capital Cairo on August 5, 2019, where the explosion took place just before midnight the previous day. (AFP)
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A picture taken early morning on August 5, 2019 shows people surrounding a burned car after an accident that caused an explosion leaving at least 20 dead and dozens injured in downtown Cairo. (AFP / Aly Fahim)
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A picture taken early morning on August 5, 2019 shows people surrounding a burned car after an accident that caused an explosion leaving at least 20 dead and dozens injured in downtown Cairo. (AFP / Aly Fahim)
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Updated 05 August 2019
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20 killed after explosives-filled car crashes in central Cairo

  • Egypt's interior ministry says car involved was carrying explosives for a 'terrorist operation'
  • The blast took place after a three-car explosion outside the National Cancer Institute in the Egyptian capital

CAIRO: At least 20 people were killed and almost 50 injured when an explosives-filled car crashed into other vehicles in central Cairo.

The car was to be used in a "terrorist operation" and had been prepared by the Hasm militant group, an affiliate of the Muslim brotherhood, the interior ministry said Monday.

The explosion took place outside Egypt’s National Cancer Institute after a car collided with three other vehicles as it drove against traffic on Cairo’s corniche.

The interior ministry said a technical inspection indicated "an amount of explosives was inside the car, which caused it to explode when it collided."

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi described the blast as a "terrorist incident". In a social media post, he offered his condolences to the victims' families and the Egyptian people.
Saudi Arabia condemend the incident and said it stodd with Egypt in the fight against terrorism.

A report by news site almasryalyoum.com said the car explosion, which happened in front of the Institute, shattered the school's main façade. The report said several cars parked in front of the institute were burned, and patients, doctors and workers were evacuated from inside the building.

"Patients and their families lined the sidewalk in front of the Institute in light of the lack of ambulances to transport them to hospitals, prompting a number of residents of the area to transport the injured in their own cars," said the report. 

Traffic enforcers closed the streets leading to the blast site, it said.

A video posted on Twitter by the same news site showed firetrucks and ambulances all over the disaster area.

 

 

*With AFP


Israel vote deadlock confirmed by near-complete official results

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Israel vote deadlock confirmed by near-complete official results

  • Final election results will be published on Wednesday
JERUSALEM: Near-complete official results Friday confirmed a deadlock in Israel’s general election this week, putting Benny Gantz’s party as the largest but without an obvious path to form a majority coalition.
The results from Israel’s election committee showed Gantz’s centrist Blue and White with 33 seats out of 120 and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud with 31.
Final results will be published on Wednesday, it said, and there could be changes before then.
The committee said the results did not include 14 polling stations where verifications were still ongoing.
Israeli media said that meant 99.8 percent of the votes had been counted.
The third-largest total was the mainly Arab Joint List alliance, which won 13 seats, followed by the Jewish ultra-Orthodox party Shas with nine.
Another ultra-Orthodox party, United Torah Judaism, won eight seats, as did ex-defense minister Avigdor Lieberman’s nationalist Yisrael Beitenu.
The results have put Netanyahu’s long tenure in office at risk.
On Thursday, he acknowledged the results did not allow him to form a right-wing coalition as he hoped and instead called on Gantz to form a unity government with him.
Gantz responded by saying he would have to be prime minister in a unity government since Blue and White was the largest party.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin plans to begin consultations with all parties voted into parliament on Sunday to decide who to choose to try to form a government.