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Egypt fires railway chief as calls grow to sack transport minister

Transport Minister Kamel al-Wazir said he removed ten officials as anger mounts over a string of train accidents
A train incident killed at least 11 people two days ago in a town outside Cairo in the Nile Delta after four trains came off the tracks (AFP)

Egypt fired its railway chief on Tuesday after a string of deadly train accidents across the country and a recent incident two days ago that killed 11 people. 

Transport Minister Kamel al-Wazir said he removed ten officials from the railway authority to reflect its goal of upgrading the railway network. 

"The goal of these decisions is not merely about leadership changes of the authority but are in line with the next stage which demands...a complete upgrade of the railway network," the transport ministry said in a statement. 

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Wazir's decision to fire ten officials from the railway authority comes amid calls to fire him as anger mounts over mishandling of the country's railways. 

Last Sunday, a rail accident killed 11 people, leaving scores injured in a farming town outside Cairo in the Nile Delta where four train carriages came off the tracks. 

Last month, a train accident in southern Egypt left 20 people dead and nearly 200 others injured, according to an official death toll that authorities have revised several times. 

Fifteen people were also injured earlier this month when two train carriages derailed near Minya al-Qamh, north of Cairo. 

Wazir, a former army general, was named transport minister after a train collision in 2019 that was blamed on human error. 

Egyptian President Fattah al-Sisi has also vowed to hold accountable those responsible for the string of train accidents. 

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