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Dr. Khalid MujahidŲŒ a spokesman for the Ministry of Health and PopulationŲŒ said that the incident left 88 others injured.

Two trains have collided head-on in Alexandria, Egypt, killing at least 25 people and injuring 65, according to officials and the state-run news agency MENA.

The stationary train had just arrived from Port Said, a Mediterranean city on the northern tip of the Suez Canal, when it was hit.

According to local authorities, a mistake by the operator of a semaphore caused the accident.

After nightfall, cranes aided by floodlights began to remove the wreckage off the tracks to allow rail traffic to resume. Rescue teams, meanwhile, continued to look for more bodies and injured passengers inside the carriages.

A member of Egyptian security personnel looks over the wreckage after the crash today

Figures recently released by the state's statistics agency show that 1,249 train incidents took place previous year - the highest number since 2009 when the number reached 1,577. "When we came out, we found four train cars crushed and a lot of people on the ground".

Egyptians have long complained that the government has failed to deal with chronic transport problems, with roads as poorly maintained as railway lines.

That accident came months after a train carrying military conscripts derailed, killing 17 people, and nearly a year after 47 schoolchildren were killed when a train crashed into their bus.

They had been returning from a wedding when the train ploughed into their bus and a truck at a railway crossing.

Train accidents are common in Egypt.