A bus crash in Aswan has killed 10 people, including 4 French and Belgian

Four French and one Belgian man have been killed in a bus crash that killed 10 people in the southern Egyptian city of Aswan.

Ten people, including four French, one Belgian and five Egyptians, were killed in a bus crash on Wednesday. In Aswan, south of the tourist of EgyptSaid the Governor.

In addition, 14 people were injured – eight French and six Belgians – and are in “stable condition” after being admitted to hospital for “bone, wounds and superficial injuries,” the governorate said in a statement.

The accident took place in the early hours of the morning when a bus carrying tourists collided with a car on a nearly 300-kilometer desert route to the Abu Simbel temples.

Traffic accidents often occur in Egypt, where roads are often poorly maintained and road rules are not respected. Officially, 7,000 people will be killed in traffic accidents in 2020 in the most populous country in the Arab world, with a population of 103 million.

The Abu Simbel Temples, more than 3,000 years old, were moved from their original location to prevent them from sinking by the rising waters of the Nile with the construction of the Aswan Dam in the 1960s and 70s, making it one of the major tourist attractions. Egypt.

After years of political instability associated with the 2011 popular uprising, it dealt a severe blow to the main sector of tourism, with Egypt able to bring visitors back in 2019, especially by enhancing its ancient heritage.

But by 2020, with the onset of the Govt-19 epidemic, tourism revenue, which employs two million Egyptians and generates more than 10% of GDP, had fallen from thirteen billion to four billion dollars.

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In August 2021, Russia resumed flights that had been suspended for six years after a fatal crash. But the invasion of Ukraine by Moscow put a brutal halt to the renaissance, while its two countries represented 40% of Egyptian tourist arrivals until the war, mainly in the Red Sea.

On the other hand, the French and Belgians are the first group of visitors to the Baronic sites of Luxor and Aswan.

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