Death toll in Egyptian building collapse rises to 19

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December 26, 2007 13:23

Rescuers pulled seven more bodies early on Wednesday out of the rubble of a 12-story building which collapsed in Egypt's Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, bringing the death toll to 19, the state-run MENA news agency reported. Rescue workers with canines continued their search for eight other people feared dead while hope of finding them alive on the third day since the collapse seemed slim. Only three people were rescued out of some 30, the estimated number of the building's residents, according to Maj. Gen. Abdel-Meguid Selim, who spoke to the Associated Press on Tuesday night. "We are in a race against time," Selim said. "We hope to get as many victims alive as possible," he added.


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