Egypt pun­ishes train dis­as­ter ‘selfie medics’

Muscat Daily - - FRONT PAGE -

Cairo, Egypt - Egypt’s health min­istry has pun­ished six medics who took self­ies in front of a deadly train wreck by trans­fer­ring them to a re­mote part of the coun­try, it said on Satur­day, fol­low­ing an on­line up­roar.

Two trains col­lided on Fri­day near the Mediter­ranean city of Alexan­dria, killing 41 peo­ple in one of the dead­li­est such ac­ci­dents in the North African coun­try.

Pic­tures of an am­bu­lance crew tak­ing selfie pic­tures in front of the wreck­age sparked anger on so­cial me­dia, with one Twit­ter user post­ing a pho­to­graph with a hash­tag read­ing: ‘con­science in a coma’.

Dubbed the ‘Selfie Medics’ by Twit­ter users, they faced calls for pun­ish­ment on so­cial me­dia.

The health min­istry’s di­rec­tor of emer­gency ser­vices Ahmed al An­sari said that six mem­bers of the am­bu­lance crew have been trans­ferred to the west­ern Siwa oa­sis as pun­ish­ment. “It was in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­duct,” he said.

Egypt’s am­bu­lance ser­vices had been hailed in the coun­try in the past for their of­ten dan­ger­ous jobs tend­ing to demon­stra­tors dur­ing the Arab Spring protests of 2011 and their vi­o­lent af­ter­math.

Res­cu­ing per­son­nel at the train crash scene cap­tur­ing self­ies

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