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April 24, 2006

Explosions Shake Egypt - Updated

Topics: Egypt

1400826.jpegThree separate explosions have been heard and smoke has been seen in the tourist bazaar area of the Egyptian Sinai resort town of Dahab, Egypt. This is considered high tourist season, part of a five-day Egyptian holiday when hotels all along the Egyptian coasts could be expected to be at near capacity.

There are unconfirmed reports that up to 100 people have been killed.

"There is smoke coming from the area and there are people running everywhere," said a witness.

Another said: "There were body parts and debris in the street ... There are ambulances and cars taking people to hospital."

An interior ministry official said: "There were explosions but the picture is still not clear."

Sky News in the UK reports that a doctor told the AP news agency that 17 people had been killed and 150 injured in one of the blasts, which hit a hotel. A second bomb apparently went off at another hotel, and and a third was said to have detonated inside a restaurant.
Dr Said Essa, from the Sinai Peninsula rescue squad, said there were casualties at the scenes of the other two blasts, but could add no further details.

A witness told Reuters he heard the blasts and saw smoke in a tourist bazaar area.

"There is smoke coming from the area and there are people running everywhere," the unnamed witness said.

Dahab is located on the Gulf of Aqaba on the eastern side of the Sinai Peninsula.

Police said more than 20 ambulances and police cars were rushing to the el-Masbat section of the city.

Al-Jazeera reports (via Ynetnews) that one explosion occurred at a hotel, another one at a supermarket, and a third one on a bridge. The blasts have apparently occurred where Christian and Muslim tourists were staying.

The Jerusalem Post is reporting that the bombs were apparently placed on a bridge, in the El-Khaleej Hotel cafeteria and near a police station prior to the explosions.

The Sinai resort is commonly frequented by Israeli holidaymakers and is located on the Gulf of Aqaba on the eastern side of the Sinai Peninsula.

Germans, Italians and British tourists were also reported to be in the area.

Haaretz has some additional details.

More coming...

Update: Others have noted with concern the Big Pharaoh's recent vacation. Our thoughts and prayers remain with BP until his safe return....

Update: BP is safe and sound!

Posted by Richard at April 24, 2006 2:30 PM



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