A 61-year-old woman died on Sunday in a stampede over food allotments customarily given out by the military to needy families before the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
Souma Megahed died of suffocation during the stampede, according to the health department in Daqahlia, which informed security authorities of the postmortem results.
The daughter said her mother fell to the ground and hit her head when citizens scrambled for the rations.
The Social Solidarity Ministry’s department headquarters in the province said financial aid would be disbursed to the victim’s family.
The incident came six days after an army vehicle ran over and killed four people when they were also rushing to receive Ramadan allotments in Sheikh Zayed, Giza.
The car’s driver blamed brake failure for the deaths. Military prosecutors are investigating the incident.
The holy month of Ramadan traditionally sees the highest demand for food commodities in Egypt.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm