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Official: Egypt Rock Slide Toll Rises to 31 - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
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CAIRO, Egypt, (AP) – Egyptian authorities say they have pulled 31 bodies out of the rubble of a Cairo shanty town crushed by massive boulders.

An Egyptian security official says hospitals have also treated 46 wounded people, but there are still many people believed to be buried under the hundreds of tons of rock that peeled away from the Muqattam cliffs.

The official spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

Large numbers of riot police are stationed the slum near the capital Cairo and are forcing residents and journalists to clear the area so that heavy machinery could be brought in to clear the massive rocks.

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