At least 17 killed in Egypt by building collapse

November 25, 2014 1:56 PM

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CAIRO A shoddy seven-story building collapsed early Tuesday morning in a populous eastern Cairo district, killing at least 17 people while several others are feared to have perished under the rubble.

Eight residents of the building in the Matariya district were pulled out alive; among the survivors, the son of the building owner who, witnesses say, jumped off a balcony. Others who remain trapped in the rubble are using cellphones to call their neighbors, pleading for rescue.

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