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In pictures: Relatives' anxious wait

Relatives wait at the entrance to the port in Safaga in Egypt

Hundreds of people have gathered in Egypt's port of Safaga, desperate for news about their loved ones on a ferry that sank in the Red Sea.

The al-Salam Boccaccio '98. File photo

The al-Salam Boccaccio '98 ferry with some 1,400 people on board sank during an overnight journey from Duba, Saudi Arabia, to Safaga.

Women waiting in Safaga

Officials say nearly 200 bodies have been pulled from the water, but many of those in Safaga are fearing that the death toll will rise further.

A man holds a photo of his cousin in Safaga

Some held pictures of their relatives, hoping their loved ones would be among some 300 reported survivors.

Crowds in Safaga

Many others have accused officials of withholding information, saying they are being kept in a "complete blackout".

Police in Safaga

Riot police have been called in to prevent any possible violent protests.

An ambulance in Safaga

Ambulances have been rushed into the town, amid reports that survivors and the dead will be brought to Safaga.

Relatives in Safaga

Some people have been simply overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the disaster.

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