Building Collapses in Northern Egypt

August 27, 2013

Egypt’s official news agency says a seven-story building has collapsed in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

The Middle East News Agency reported Sunday that an unspecified number of residents are trapped under rubble, in the neighborhood of Sidi Gaber in the coastal city.

No reports on casualties were immediately available.

Alexandria witnessed several deadly building collapses this year including a Jan. 16 incident involving an eight-story-tall apartment building that left at least 25 dead.

Violations of building specifications are rampant in Egypt and are blamed for the frequent collapses.

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