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Car crash kills 19, forces evacuation of cancer hospital in Cairo

Officials say at least 19 dead after car crash explosion in Cairo
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The Egyptian health ministry says a car crash has killed 19 people and forced the evacuation of the country’s main cancer hospital.

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The ministry’s statement said four cars crashed late Sunday, causing a blast outside the National Cancer Institute in the capital, Cairo.

It said 30 other people were injured and were taken to hospitals for treatment.

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The cancer treatment facility was evacuated after the crash, which happened near the famed Tahrir Square.

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Road accidents are common in Egypt. The country’s official statistics agency says 8,000 crashes last year caused more than 3,000 deaths and 12,000 injuries.