July 23, 2015 / 1:11 AM / 2 years ago

At least 15 dead in Egypt after boat capsizes on Nile: interior ministry

CAIRO (Reuters) - At least 15 people drowned when a small boat collided with a barge and capsized on the Nile River near Cairo on Wednesday night, Egypt’s interior ministry said in a statement.

People gather along the banks of the Nile River during a search for the victims of a boat accident on the River Nile in the Warraq area of Giza, Egypt, early July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

The collision occurred on the Nile near Giza, across the river from Cairo, the ministry statement said.

In addition to the 15 dead and six rescued, about seven people who were believed to have been on the boat were still unaccounted for, security sources said.

Reporting by Ahmed Mohamed Hassan and Mostafa Hashem, Writing By Shadi Bushra; Editing by Tom Brown

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