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Fire destroys over 2 acres of trees in Egypt's Siwa Oasis

Preliminary police investigations revealed that the blaze could have started from a cigarette

Ahram Online , Sunday 26 Apr 2015
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A fire broke out in Egypt’s western Siwa Oasis Sunday destroying over two acres (two feddans) of palm and olive trees. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters and security forces moved quickly to the scene and managed to control it and put it out.

Preliminary police investigations revealed that the blaze could have started from a cigarette and was spread by the wind, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

In April 2014, fire destroyed 10 acres of planted olives and dates in the locale.

Siwa Oasis, located in the Western desert 50 kilometres from the Libyan border, is one of Egypt's most isolated settlements and home to only 23,000 people. Agriculture is the main activity, particularly the cultivation of dates and olives.

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