Saturday, March 8, 2014

Egypt: Update--Tourists Urged to Take Serious Threats Made by Ansar Bait al-Maqdis

According to, twelve Western European nations have thus far chosen to issue travel warnings for Sinai's Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt's tourism minister Za'zou' has emphasized. 

European tourists constitute 70% of the current total number of tourists coming to Egypt.

COMMENT: Please review the below link to my posting on the bombing of a South Korean tour bus on February 16, 2014:

Two South Korean tourists were killed as well as an Egyptian driver.

Unfortunately, like so many other nations, South Korea failed to issue a precautionary travel warning to its citizens.

The ministry is working on "raising security level in tourist areas generally, and in Sharm al-Sheikh specifically," the minister said on the sidelines of the International Berlin Tourism Fair.

The extremist terror group, Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, has claimed responsibility for the attack, which is the first of its kind since the 2011 revolution.

I should also emphasize that Ansar Bait al-Maqdis has promised that it will engage in further terror attacks against foreigners in Egypt.

So, borrowing a phrase from Academy Award-winning actor Clint Eastwood, "Do you feel lucky?," why press your luck when the group will lose credibility if it doesn't deliver on its promise?

For a background on Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, please see the below link provided by the BBC: