A popular Egyptian TV show has raised 71 million Egyptian pounds ($4.3 million) to renovate the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Cairo, which was damaged in a terrorist bombing, Ahram Online reported Tuesday (August 6th).
Twenty people were killed and 46 were injured in the Sunday bombing, which President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi described as a "terrorist incident".
Popular TV host Amr Adeeb launched a campaign on his night talk show on MBC Masr TV channel calling for donations to repair the damage to the hospital.
Donors have included public figures such as crown prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who donated 50 million pounds ($3 million).
Other top donors include Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, who donated one million pounds ($60,335), businessman and construction tycoon Hisham Talaat Mostafa, who donated 10 million pounds ($603,365), as well as companies like Garhy Steel, which donated three million pounds ($181,000).
Al-Sisi praised the donations campaign on his social media accounts and hailed the solidarity of the Egyptian people against terrorism.
He also commended "our Arab brothers and our country's people" for giving what they can "to overcome what this terrible act of terrorism has caused in ruin and destruction".
"This demonstrates a fact that is firmly rooted in our minds as Arabs and Egyptians, that we are united with all our strength in the face of terrorism and its ugliness," he added.
Both the interior ministry and police have accused the Hasm group of being behind the attack.