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Monday, April 24, 2006

Blast rocks Egyptian spring break

This is just coming in from one of the travel news blasts I regularly receive.

As of press time, over 22 people were reported dead and more than 150 injured Unconfirmed sources talked about more than 100 casualties following the third in a series of bombing incidents near Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh.

Three bombs exploded at a marketplace in a quiet, tourist town of Dahab, about 1 1/2 hours by road from Sharm on the eastern Sinai Peninsula. Though it is still too early to confirm numbers impacted by the blasts, Dahab is reporting this period is a busy season. It is indeed high season on their tourism calendar.
People were celebrating Sham el Nessim

Three explosions rocked Dahab in an al Qaeda-type modus operandum. At this time, authorities cannot say who is responsible. But Bedouins related to the last blast in Naama Bay in downtown Sharm el Sheik were. Their act of violence killed over 80 mostly, local Egyptians working in hotels. Smoke coming from the market place has been reported.

Many tourists on spring break are in Dahab. Most are from Europe; a lot from Russia who are celebrating their Orthodox Easter.

Sham El-Nessim signifies the arrival of Spring -- an Egyptian tradition practiced since the days of the Pharaohs.

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