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Health Ministry: 14 Citizens Suffocated in GFF's Fire

Wed 13 Oct 2021 | 05:14 PM
NaDa Mustafa

Fourteen citizens have been suffocated due to a limited fire that broke out earlier today Wednesday, in one of the halls designated for the El Gouna Film Festival (GFF), in Hurghada, Health Ministry said in a statement. 


A fire broke out on Wednesday in the Gouna Conference and Culture Centre (Festival Plaza), the main venue of the El Gouna Film Festival (GFF), just one day before the 5th edition was set to kick off.


Numerous fire engines and ambulances were dispatched to the scene after the governorate’s operations room had been informed of the incident.


In a statement, El Gouna Film Festival Management announced that the fire has been contained.


Once the fire broke out, the management coordinated with the Civil Protection Forces to send fire trucks in cooperation with the El Gouna firefighting forces to control the fire.


The fire damaged a small part of the hall prepared to receive the opening activities of the festival.


The opening ceremony of the 5th edition El Gouna Film Festival is still on course and is slated to take place on Thursday at El Gouna Resort-town in the Red Sea governorate.


In a statement, Eng. Samih Sawiris, EL Gouna Founder and Orascom Development Holding Chairman, Samih Sawiris, noted that the 5th edition will proceed as planned and extended the festival’s gratitude to the Civil Defense Forces and the Red Sea Governorate for their immense help.”


Social media users shared online photos of the structure engulfed in flames.