CAIRO: Several cases of deliberate blocking of railways in July led to delays in train operation, according to a Tuesday Railway Authority report.
The report says nine cases of theft of railway rods and cables were recorded in July, as well as six incidents of stone-throwing at trains, which injured the driver and his assistant in one instance. There were also six incidents of burning tires on rails and 15 cases where objects suspected to be explosives were found on rails.
Protesters who do not work at the Railway Authority set tires alight on rails to demand higher salaries, the report noted.
“These wrong behaviors on the part of some citizens cause a disruption in the movement of trains and the interests of other citizens, who include the elderly, infirm and employees, who suffer most as a result of the obstruction and delay. These behaviors cause confusion in the operation schedule of trains and inflict heavy losses on the [Railways] Authority,” the report read.
Additional reporting by Reda Hebishi.