One dies in queue for ‘yellow remittances’

A woman died in a queue in front of the Rafidain Bank in Dokki for the disbursement of “yellow remittances,” money owed to Egyptian workers who fled Iraq during the first Gulf war in the early nineties, leaving their money and business behind.

Kamla Hassan, 57, was already dead when she arrived to the 6th of October Hospital in Dokki.

Preliminary investigations found that the victim fainted, likely due to the large crowds outside the bank. The woman came to the bank to claim remittances belonging to her husband. The prosecutor has begun investigating the incident.

Iraq agreed in March to pay US$408 million to hundreds of thousands of Egyptian workers who fled Iraq because of Saddam Hussein's 1990-91 invasion of Kuwait.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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