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Cairo building collapse highlights lax government oversight

In a continuation of the real estate collapse incidents in Egypt, a 10-story property collapsed March 27 in Cairo, resulting in five deaths and injuring many.
Egyptian Red Crescent members gather at the scene of a building collapse along Kasr el-Nile street in downtown district in Cairo, Egypt, Aug. 15, 2020.

CAIRO — In the early hours on the morning of March 27, a building consisting of a basement, a ground floor and nine floors collapsed in al-Salam neighborhood in the Gesr al-Suez district east of Cairo, killing 24 people and wounding 25 others, with many still missing.

Following investigations, the Egyptian Public Prosecution said several violations caused the accident and ordered the arrest of the owner.

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