Hurghada security stepped up ahead of elections

Hurghada security stepped up ahead of elections

The possibility of terrorist attacks on foreign tourists has led to enhanced security in the Egyptian Red Sea resort area of Hurghada.

The warning came in adjusted Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice to Egypt on Friday ahead of presidential elections being held yesterday and today.

The FCO said: “We believe that terrorists continue to plan attacks. Attacks could be indiscriminate and could occur without prior warning. Terrorists could target protestors and the Egyptian authorities.”

It added: “Enhanced security measures are in place to protect the resort areas in Hurghada. Egyptian military are situated in and around Hurghada international airport. There are checkpoints around Hurghada and throughout the Red Sea governorate.

“There are roadblocks in place in the town and monitoring of areas often frequented by tourists. In Hurghada on 14 August, 2013 there were some violent clashes, in an area away from tourist resorts. One man was killed.”

Three South Korean tourists and their driver were killed at Taba in Sinai in February, and the group responsible has threatened further attacks, the FCO said.

Sourced from Travel Weekly

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