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Six Russian tourists have been killed and 17 injured
Six Russian tourists have been killed and 17 injured in a bus crash in eastern Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, the MENA news agency said on Tuesday citing a spokesman for the country's health ministry.

"All of the injured have been taken to an international hospital in Sharm-El-Sheikh, they will receive the required medical treatment," the official said.

The coach carrying Russian tourists on a trip to Jerusalem overturned late on Monday some 10 km (6 miles) from the Egyptian city of Dahab.

Road accidents are frequent in Egypt largely due to reckless driving and poor roads. According to the Egyptian Interior Ministry, about 27,000 road accidents occur in the North African country every year, killing over 6,000 people and injuring another 30,000.

In early August the country introduced harsher penalties in an attempt to reduce traffic violations.

According to data provided by Russian travel agencies, Russian tourists are most commonly killed and injured in fatal road accidents in Ukraine, Turkey and Egypt.

"It is time to raise at state level the issue of the safety of Russian nationals in countries most popular with Russian tourists. And travel agencies should tighten requirements for its partners in these countries."

Last week at least 24 Russian tourists were killed and 25 injured in a fatal road accident in Israel caused by reckless driving after a bus plunged 80 meters (263 feet) down a ravine near the Red Sea resort city of Eilat.


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