Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Egyptian 'extremists' warn tourists to leave   Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab Times - 19/02/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab Times) A militant Islamist group has warned tourists to leave Egypt and threatened to attack any who stay after Feb 20, raising the prospect of a new front in a fast-growing insurgency in the biggest Arab nation. The Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group, which claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed two South Korean tourists and an Egyptian on Sunday, made the statement on an affiliated Twitter account. "We recommend tourists to get out safely before the expiry of the deadline," read the tweet, written in English, which Egypt's prime minister said on Tuesday aimed to undermine the political process begun after an army takeover in July. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has said that it does not post statements on social media sites, but statements that appeared on the Twitter account in the past have afterwards surfaced on jihadist websites which the group says it does use



Islamist militants have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi seven months ago, but Sunday's attack on a tourist bus marks a tactical shift to soft targets that could devastate an economy already reeling from political turmoil. State television quoted Prime Minister Hazem el- Beblawi as saying Ansar was a threat to tourists. It aimed, he said, to derail the roadmap to elections unveiled by the army when Morsi's fall provoked the bloodiest internal crisis in Egypt's modern history



Ansar has said it was behind Sunday's suicide bombing near the resort of Taba, which revived memories of an Islamist insurgency in the 1990s including a 1997 bloodbath at Luxor, when 58 foreign tourists and four Egyptians were killed at a pharaoh's temple. On Monday, Germany's foreign ministry changed its travel advice, telling travellers to be cautious about going to Egypt. It specifically discouraged travel to the Nile Delta outside the urban centres of Cairo and Alexandria and to the Nile Valley south of Cairo to north of Luxor. Egypt's Western allies had hoped the uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak in 2011 would bring political and economic stability to a country at the heart of the Arab world



Instead, turmoil has gripped the nation of 85 million, which has a strategic peace treaty with Israel and controls the Suez Canal, a vital global shipping lane. In another sign of instability, an explosion wounded four Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai on Tuesday, state-run Al Ahram newspaper reported on its website. Tourism was a major employer and accounted for more than 10 percent of gross domestic product before the revolt. Visitors are again sharply down since army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi deposed Morsi, Mubarak's successor. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, Egypt's most active Islamist militant organisation, has threatened to topple the interim government installed by Sisi, who is expected to run for president. The Egyptian state and militants are old foes. Islamist-leaning soldiers assassinated President Anwar al-Sadat in 1981 mainly because of his peace treaty with Israel. It took Mubarak years to put down the 1990s insurgency which targeted senior government officials and foreign visitors, gutting tourism. Ansar enjoys tacit support from at least some of the marginalised Bedouin community and smugglers in the Sinai. This has enabled them to survive several army offensives in the largely lawless peninsula




 


Arab Times




  MENA News Headlines
 Mar 1 2015 - S. Korean President Starts Mideast TourQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) South Korean President Park Geun-hye left for Kuwait on Sunday on a nine-day, four-nation trip to the Middle East expected to focus on wide-ranging economic cooperation beyond energy ...

 Mar 1 2015 - Car bombs kill27 in BaghdadArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) BAGHDAD: Car bombs targeting a crowded market and Shiite militia checkpoints north of Iraq's capital killed 27 people Saturday authorities said as the country's prime minister ...

 Mar 1 2015 - Kuwait reopens Yemen embassy in AdenArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait decided to reopen its Yemeni embassy in Aden instead of the militia-controlled capital Sanaa.'In the framework of supporting constitutional legitimacy in ...

 Mar 1 2015 - Saudi- 3000 vacanciesto be availablein next episodeof 'Jobs on Air'Arab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) There will be 3000 job opportunities for unemployed young male and female Saudis as well as for foreigners during the tenth session of 'Jobs on Air' on Al Danah television ...

 Mar 1 2015 - Saudi- Al-Samaani: Judicial system impartialArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Saudi Arabia's justice system is based on the provisions of Islamic law derived from the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah (tradition) of the Prophet (peace be upon him). This ensures ...

 Mar 1 2015 - Saudi- Many Madinah sites need better careArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Several residents in the city of Madinah have drawn attention of the competent authorities toward multiple Prophet's heritage sites and relics in the area including wells ...

 Mar 1 2015 - Small to medium companies not fit to employ Saudi womenArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Business sectors in the Kingdom with less than 500 workers are not fit to employ women at least according to assessments made by the Ministry of Labor's adviser.In his report the ...

 Mar 1 2015 - Youth centers come up in Jeddah districtsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) With construction work well under way in some neighborhoods family and youth centers are sprouting in many districts in Jeddah to help enhance family values and keep young people ...

 Mar 1 2015 - Saudi- Park visit to boost ties with South KoreaArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) South Korean President Park Geun-hye will arrive on March 3 on a two-day visit. She will meet Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and senior ministers in order to ...

 Mar 1 2015 - Saudi- 7375 postgraduates joblessArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) A total of 7375 Saudis holding doctorate master's and other postgraduate degrees are currently seeking jobs according to data released by the Ministry of Civil Service ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help