Monday, April 24, 2006

Egypt's Red Sea Resort Blasts, 22 Dead, 150 Hurt

Three explosions Monday night (Cairo Time) rocked the Egyptian resort city of Dahab at the height of the tourist season, killing at least 22 people, mostly Egyptians, and wounding more than 150 at just one hotel, according to the doctor who runs Egypt's Sinai Peninsula rescue squad.

Dr. Said Essa said he was headed to the scene of the blasts and that his casualty figures were for victims at the el-Khaleeg Hotel only. He said there were casualties from the other explosions but he had no details.

Al-Jazeera television said one of the blasts hit a restaurant, and authorities said more than 20 ambulances and police cars were rushing to the el-Masbat section of the city.
U.S. President George Bush sent his condolences and asserted his support to the Egyptian people but apparently not to the government of Egypt. He said "The United States sends our condolences to the families of those who were killed ...We keep those were injured in our thoughts and prayers and I assure the enemy this — we will stay on the offense, we will not waver, we will not tire, we will bring you to justice for the sake of peace and humanity."

The situation is still unclear. I will be writing shortly to comment on the sad news that comes in a season for holidays; Easter April 23, Sham Al Naseem (Spring festival) April 24, and Sinai Liberation Day April 25.

It is expected though that number of the killed will increase. Victimes are said to be mostly from Egyptians.

From the United States, Gateway Pundit has a round on Dahab's attacks.

Previously: Sharm El Sheikh under Terrorist Attack


At 2:48 PM, Anonymous tommy said...

Reuters is reporting the toll is now up to 30 dead.

At 3:03 PM, Anonymous tommy said...

More from Reuters:

An Interior Ministry statement gave a toll of 10 dead and 100 injured. The ministry often lags behind other sources. It said there were four foreigners among the dead, but did not give their nationalities.

Witnesses in the small beach and diving resort, which is popular with backpackers, described scenes of carnage and chaos.

A cafe worker who was about 200 meters (yards) from the scene said: “We saw many dead people. People were screaming. People were being taken to hospital. Egyptians went to give blood. There were body parts. There’s police everywhere.”

“There were body parts and debris in the street … There are ambulances and cars taking people to hospital,” said another resident, who also did not want to be named.

The explosions took place at the Nelson Restaurant, the Aladdin Cafeteria and the Ghazala Supermarket, the Interior Ministry said.

An official with the local ambulance service said many of the dead appeared to be foreigners.

Israeli divers often stay in the resort but with the Passover holiday over it is unlikely many were there. The Israeli ambassador in Cairo and Israeli authorities said they did not know of any Israeli casualties.

At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How muh do you want to bet that the minister of interior will stay in his post !!!

At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Adrian from Denmark said...

It sounds really horrible and it seems that many more than 17 are dead.

Please accept my condolences.

At 5:01 PM, Anonymous Karim said...

Every time I turn on the news, social commentators sympathetic to moderate Muslims condemn these attacks as completly against the religion and insist that there is a significant majority who feels the same way.
For a religious society that consists of individuals with moderate religious and social views, the significant majority does not seem to feel that acting against this radical minority through political and social means is significant.
Who will help these people if they won't even help themselves.

At 5:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Governor of South Sinai said :
" The Dahab Explosions are an -individual act- unrelated to previous terrorism , only primitive explosive divices used "
So , Don't worry guys , there is only 30 killed and 150 injuried so far !
محافظ جنوب سيناء اعلن فى مؤتمر صحفى ان تفجيرات دهب هى عمل فردى استخدم فيه متفجرات بدائية

At 6:53 PM, Blogger freefalla said...

Wow, what a bummer. I used to hang in Dahab a good bit, please post any details you can regarding the targets and those injured... Any AUC students?

Wasn't there some talk going around of a Qaeda cell holed up somewhere in the Sinai... guess they never dug 'em out.

At 8:21 PM, Anonymous tommy said...

Counterterorrism blog is a good starting point for learning more about the attacks today:

At 8:27 PM, Blogger Prup (aka Jim Benton) said...

Karim: well said.

And for those of you who knew he was planning to go to the area, BIG PHARAOH IS ALIVE.

At 9:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought he was a mentaly ill person.

here you go,
tourism is fucked up for few more years to come

sorry, but I have no other words,
I do not know where those idiots are taking us to?

good luck fucking liberating Palestine

At 4:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My condolences to the people of Egypt for the heinous and cold-blooded murder of innocent civilians.

The murder of 32 Sudanese refugees by the Egyptian police forces' brutality is brought to my attention once more by this tragic incident.

Sudanese Nubian.

At 7:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What kind of government sits there and watches while 3 of its main tourist cities are blown up within a year and a half !! Did they just think it would go away! Did they think of building more hospitals in case something like this happens or even a natural disaster, oh "we have the Sinai International hospital just an hour away " said some health minister spokesman. Just an hour away !!!! Doesn’t this moron understand that an hour away is way too far !!! Then an ex official from the ministry of interior live on an Pan-Arab Channel says that security in the Sinai is a problem Egypt has because of the Camp David Accord (limiting the number of Army Personnel in the Sinai) Did that moron even read the peace accord. I am sure that if Egypt wanted more army personnel in the Sinai they could discuss with the Israelis, they send over the head of intelligence to discuss the Israeli and Palestinian security !!! The Minister of Interior has to stop beating up voters and focus on stopping these attacks. If the Sinai Bedouins are helping these people out (attackers) then the government has to find out why and do something about , It might just happen to be that the government has ignored these people ,who are Egyptian , for years and years .
To the Egyptian government I urge you to Wake up and smell the coffee before you wake up and smell the smoke of more charred bodies! Each member of the Government swore to God that they would take on a responsibility towards our country!
It is about time you did something about it

At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Freefalla.

5 danes are injured. A 1-year old child lost a leg/has severe injuries to a leg according to Danish News.

A demonstration in the city started with 50 young men. Soon it grew with men, women and children participating all condemning the terrorist act. They chanted "Islam is not a religion of terror".

According to danish media a great number of foreign tourists have not left the town but are staying and are mourning the victims together with the citizens.



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