Crash in Egypt’s Nile Delta kills 8 child workers

Crash in Egypt’s Nile Delta kills 8 child workers

Crash in Egypt’s Nile Delta kills 8 child workers

Crash in Egypt’s Nile Delta kills 8 child workers

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According to a local official, eight child workers were killed in northern Egypt on Saturday after the van they were travelling in crashed into a canal in the Nile Delta.

The victims of the dawn accident worked “picking potatoes”, said the official from Itay al-Baroud in poverty-stricken Beheira province where the crash took place.

They would go to school by day and work in the fields at night to help their families, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity, adding that the driver survived and has been detained for questioning.

Local media said those killed were aged between 12 and 15.

Egyptian law allows children 15 and older to work. Seasonal work by children from the age of 13 is tolerated.

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Deadly road accidents are common in Egypt, where many roads are in disrepair and traffic regulations often ignored.

According to government estimates, 7,000 persons perished in traffic accidents in the country in 2020.

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