German tourists fatally stabbed in attack on women at Egyptian resort

Paterniano Del Favero
Luglio 17, 2017

The ministry will continue to monitor the situation, he said. The tourists were staying at a private tourist resort at the Red Sea town of Hurghada.

A man has been arrested at a popular holiday resort in Hurghada which is situated along the Red Sea, as six female tourists have been stabbed and it has been reported two have been killed whilst they were on the beach.

Abdelaziz said two of the injured were Czech and two Armenian.

The minister's comments on Saturday reflect concerns that acts of violence or terrorism may cause further harm to Egypt's tourism industry. All the 244 people on board, mostly Russian tourists, were killed.

Egyptian security forces have been battling insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula.

The year before the uprising, almost 15 million tourists visited Egypt.

He said investigations were still underway to determine the nature of the attack, which has not yet been confirmed as a terrorist incident.

Chinese media outlet The Paper reported that almost 150 thousand Chinese tourists visited Egypt in first five months of 2017, with a sharp year-on-year growth of 94 percent, making China the fourth largest source of tourism for Egypt.

Earlier on Saturday, Egypt's High State Prosecution issued a statement on Friday's attack, saying, "The perpetrator of the attack is being investigated by the prosecution".

Authorities say Hasm is a splinter faction from the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group that was outlawed and declared a terrorist organization several months after the military in July 2013 ousted Mohammed Morsi, a senior leader of the Brotherhood who was elected president in 2012.

"Go away, I don't want you Egyptians, you are not wanted", he reportedly shouted.

One hotel guest told the Masry al-Yom newspaper that the attacker shouted at Egyptian hotel staff to clear a path as he targeted foreigners on the beach.

"We don't know his motives yet, he could be insane or perturbed - it's too early to tell", a senior interior ministry official told AFP.

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