Eight tourists have been killed and more than 22 others injured in a bus crash on the Ras Gharib-Zafarana highway between Cairo to Hurghada, MENA state news agency reported.

The bus overturned after the driver lost control of the vehicle near the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, MENA said on Saturday.

The victims were Russians, Ukrainians, Germans, Belgian and Egyptian.

In Kiev, the foreign ministry said that two Ukrainians were killed in the accident.

"According to preliminary information that we received from our diplomats in Egypt, two Ukrainians were killed and two others were injured in the accident," ministry spokesman Oleksandr Dikusarov told reporters by telephone.

The other passengers on the bus, which was carrying 30 people at the time of the accident, all suffered injuries, MENA reported.

Hatem el-Gabali, the Egyptian health minister, has arranged for the injured including the bus driver and a tour guide to be transferred by medical helicopter from Hurghada General Hospital to the Nasser Institute Hospital in Cairo.

Reckless driving, lax traffic rules and poor road conditions cause many road crashes in Egypt.

Source: Agencies