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Egypt: More than 80 injured in Cairo blaze

Credit: EBU

More than 80 people were injured after a fire erupted in a hotel in Egypt's capital Cairo.

The fire quickly spread to four nearby buildings in the Al Losky neighbourhood near the city's Al Azhar mosque.

The cause of the blaze was not immediately known and no deaths have been reported.


100 British troops to help peacekeeping force in Egypt

Around 100 British troops are to be deployed in Egypt to help an international peacekeeping force.

The border between Egypt and Israel in the Sinai Peninsula Credit: Reuters

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced that a squadron of the Royal Engineers will be sent there for up to 12 weeks, starting in March.

In a written statement to Parliament he said they would provide engineering support to the Multinational Force and Observers, which operates in the Sinai peninsula and works to oversee the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

The deployment begins in March 2016 and will involve approximately 100 personnel from the Corps of the Royal Engineers carrying out a range of infrastructure improvement works at the MFO main operating base in Sinai for up to 12 weeks.

The UK has a long history of supporting the MFO and currently provides the MFO with an engineer officer of the rank of major to serve on the force commander's staff.

– Michael Fallon's written statement to Parliament
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