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Tourists Killed in Terrorist Attack in Sinai, Egypt

Written by Amira Al Hussaini On 16 February 2014 @ 17:34 pm | No Comments

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A bomb blast ripped through a bus carrying 30 tourists in Sinai, Egypt, today, killing at least two South Korean tourists and the Egyptian bus driver. According to reports, the tourists had completed touring St Catherine's Monastery and were on their way to Israel, when the bomb exploded.

Netizens were left scrambling for information.

According to journalist Kristen McTighe:

She adds:

Firas Al-Atraqchi says:

ABC News Middle East Correspondent Alexander Marquardt has other information:

And Hamdy Kassem concludes [ar]:

Those of us who are not journalists will not know what happened in the Taba bus blast because of the contradicting information and casualty figures. It is a struggle for journalists to get information in a country which denies all information

And if this is not enough, The Big Pharaoh claims the Muslim Brotherhood Twitter account is spreading more mis-information:

Soon enough, photographs surfaced online.

Fatima Said shares this photograph of the remains of a charred bus:

Egyptian blogger and journalist Muhamed Sabry remarks on the photograph saying:

And Amro Ali shares the photograph of the Egyptian bus driver, said to be killed in the blast:

Zeinobia, on Egyptian Chronicles, is alarmed tourists are being targeted. She blogs [18]:

We are back to the days of the 1990s where tourists were a main target. Actually we are back to the 2000s where South Sinai had its share from several terrorist attacks.
Now the attacks moved to South where tourism industry began to catch up.
I am concerned that after targeting the tourists in Taba in 2000s , the security forces unleashed hell abusing locals there affecting their relationship with the state till this day in addition to whatever happening in the North now from military campaign against the terrorist groups things will go from bad to worse to worst.

Meanwhile, Egyptian netizens are kissing their tourism industry goodbye.

Nasry Esmat bitterly tweets [ar]:

We as a nation are not effected with a number of people killed … all we care about is tourism for economic reasons

Mohamed El Dahshan notes:

Ashraf Khalil adds:

And Mona Eltahawy fumes:


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[1] #Egypt: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Egypt&src=hash

[2] February 16, 2014: https://twitter.com/KristenMcTighe/statuses/435037228863995905

[3] February 16, 2014: https://twitter.com/KristenMcTighe/statuses/435045044320337920

[4] #Sinai: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Sinai&src=hash

[5] February 16, 2014: https://twitter.com/Firas_Atraqchi/statuses/435038497502937088

[6] February 16, 2014: https://twitter.com/MarquardtA/statuses/435040976608845824

[7] February 16, 2014: https://twitter.com/hmkssm/statuses/435040058748723200

[8] pic.twitter.com/rguXFEXfZo: http://t.co/rguXFEXfZo

[9] February 16, 2014: https://twitter.com/TheBigPharaoh/statuses/435042736232595456

[10] pic.twitter.com/3lIUxHKBqL: http://t.co/3lIUxHKBqL

[11] February 16, 2014: https://twitter.com/fattysaid/statuses/435041641041510400

[12] February 16, 2014: https://twitter.com/muhamedsabry/statuses/435046981376180224

[13] #Taba: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Taba&src=hash

[14] #RIP: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23RIP&src=hash

[15] pic.twitter.com/RLvbsfqRM7: http://t.co/RLvbsfqRM7

[16] @O0onaa: https://twitter.com/O0onaa

[17] February 16, 2014: https://twitter.com/_amroali/statuses/435090826507452418

[18] blogs: http://egyptianchronicles.blogspot.com/2014/02/taba-explosion-rewinding-bad-history.html

[19] February 16, 2014: https://twitter.com/nasry/statuses/435040091124154368

[20] February 16, 2014: https://twitter.com/eldahshan/statuses/435057601521262592

[21] February 16, 2014: https://twitter.com/ashrafkhalil/statuses/435060568257331200

[22] February 16, 2014: https://twitter.com/monaeltahawy/statuses/435060045106405376

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