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Four workers who perished in last week’s fires buried in Egypt


The funerals of the four Egyptian workers who died in the fires last week in the mountainous areas of the Larnaca and Limassol districts took place in their hometown on Sunday.

The remains of the four men, Maged Nabil Younan Ragheb, 23, Marzouk Shohdy Marzouk Attia, 39, Ezzat Salama Youssef Salama, 36, and Samwiel Milad Farouk Elyas, 22, were transferred to Egypt on Saturday.

On Sunday, their funerals took place at the Coptic church of Nazriya village, in the Minya governorate. Cyprus’ ambassador to Cairo, Omiros Mavromatis represented the government and expressed Cyprus’ sincere condolences to the families of the victims.

The archbishop of the local Coptic Church thanked the Presidents of Egypt and Cyprus, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Nicos Anastasiades, for the solidarity they have expressed.

The four men died near Odou village, one of the communities affected by the fires. They were working on tomato plantations.

The government announced earlier in the week it would allocate €95,000 to each family of the four workers plus an additional €35,000 for each of the victims’ children. Furthermore, the children will be granted scholarships to universities in Cyprus.

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