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87 die in Egypt due to heatwave

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Cairo, A total of 87 people were killed and 302 hospitalized due to a massive heatwave in Egypt, the health ministry said on Friday.Eleven people, mostly elderly, died on Thursday raising the total toll to 87.

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The 302 people were admitted to hospitals in the governorates of Cairo, Qena, Sohag, Giza, Qalioubiya and Assuit due to heat stroke and heat exhaustion, Hossam Abdel-Ghafer, health ministry spokesman told Al Ahram news.

One hundred and forty two people were treated, while 149 are still under observation.

According to meteorological department officials, the heat wave is expected to continue until the end of August.

(IANS)

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Excavations in Egypt’s Sinai Helped Archaeologists Discover Ancient Workshop

Egypt hopes such discoveries will spur tourism.

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This undated photo released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, shows an ancient workshop to build and repair ships, dating back to the Ptolemaic era in the country's Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. VOA

Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered an ancient workshop used to build and repair ships that dates back to the Ptolemaic era (332 B.C.-30 B.C.) in the Sinai Peninsula.

The Antiquities Ministry says Tuesday that excavations took place in the Tel Abu Saifi archaeological site in Northern Sinai. The site is said to have been the location of the Roman fortress of Silla.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says the workshop includes two dry dockyards where ships were built or repaired.

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Egypt hopes such discoveries will spur tourism. Pixabay

The Greco-Roman period in Egypt spans from its fall to Alexander the Great in the 4th century B.C. to the Islamic conquest in the 7th century.

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Egypt hopes such discoveries will spur tourism, which suffered a major setback during the unrest that followed the 2011 uprising. (VOA)

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