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33 killed in Egypt bus crash

Two tourist buses collided at dawn in south Sinai killing 33 people, including tourists from Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Yemen
A 2011 bus accident in Egypt which has the region's highest number of road fatalities (AFP)

At least 33 people were killed and scores injured in a deadly bus crash in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Friday, a health official said.

The accident took place before dawn when two tourist buses collided in south Sinai, Khaled Abu Hashim was quoted as saying by the official MENA news agency.

Nationals from Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Yemen were among those injured in the accident.

Egypt has the Middle East's highest road accident fatalities, according to figures by the state-run Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics.

Around 7,115 people - or 19.5 people every day - were killed in road accidents in Egypt in 2011, according to the agency.