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Egyptians Set Fire to Sunken Ferry's Company Office


Hundreds of angry Egyptians awaiting news of relatives on a ferry that sank in the Red Sea last week have set fire to the office of the company that owned the ship.

Police used tear gas Monday to disperse the crowd that attacked the office of the As Salam maritime company outside the Egyptian port of Safaga.

Hundreds of relatives have been at the port entrance since the ferry with more than 1,400 people on board sank early Friday.

Egyptian rescue teams are searching for 800 people still missing. Searchers have rescued 400 people and recovered almost 200 bodies.

Some survivors say the Egyptian captain abandoned ship by lifeboat. The captain is among the missing.

Western news reports quote survivors as saying a fire broke out on the ship not long after it left a port in Saudi Arabia late Thursday, but the captain refused to turn back.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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