Egypt’s presidency extends condolences over crashed Russian plane statement
Women reacts as they walk at Pulkovo airport in St. Petersburg. REUTERS.

CAIRO: Egypt’s presidency extended in a statement its condolences for the families of the Russian victims killed in the Saturday’s plane crash.

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi, who arrived in Cairo airport Saturday after 4-day tour to the UAE, India and Bahrain, “is following up the situation on the ground and the operations of evacuating the victims,” according to the statement.

Earlier today, Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail accompanied by the ministers of tourism and health headed to the site of the crash of a plane in al-Hasanah southeast of Sinai to follow up the situation.

Ismail contacted the Russian ambassador in Cairo and expressed condolences over the victims of the crash. Ismail briefed the Russian envoy of the efforts made by the government to manage the crisis, a Cabinet statement said Saturday.

Also an investigation team from the ministry of civil aviation headed for the site of the crash to start a probe into the reasons of the accident.

The Russian plane that crashed in Sinai Saturday morning was carrying 214 Russian passengers and three Ukrainians, the Egyptian cabinet said in a statement.

Out of the 217 passengers, 138 were women, 62 men and 17 were children, according to the statement.


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