Egypt Independent

Cairo-Aswan train line closed briefly over fuel hike protest



Railway traffic between Cairo and Aswan was briefly stopped after stone factory owners blocked railways for 15 hours overnight between Saturday and Sunday in Giza.

Factory owners staged the sit-in to protest a hike in fuel prices.

State-owned Al-Ahram newspaper’s website quoted Hussein Zakareya, head of the Railways Authority, as saying that rail traffic returned to normal at 2:30 am, after a halt of 15 hours. The sit-in delayed at least 45 trains.

The sit-in occurred between the Marazeeq and Mazghouna stops near Giza, which led to a back-up at other stops.

Egypt has been suffering fuel shortage since the January 2011 revolution, which has occasionally led to protests and clashes among people trying to get fuel.

Edited translation from MENA