After Sharm el Sheikh in 2005 (struck by several suicide attacks at the hand of Al Qaeda men) and the Russian airbus the Caliphate blew up last October, the jihad attacks touristic resorts in Egypt again. This time, fortunately, massacre was avoided: one person died (a terrorists) and four people were injured (one of whom is the other assailant who is in severe conditions). Yesterday night two men armed with cutting weapons – some people argue they had also explosive belts and Caliphate’s black flags – have tried to break into the Hotel Bella Vista in Hurghada, a gem town on the west coast of the Red Sea, threatening the guests. Two western tourists were wounded as they were trying to escape.
Security forces managed to drive back the attack, killing an assailant identified as Mohamed Hassan Mohamed Mahfouz (a 22-year-old student of 22 from Giza, Cairo). The police has communicated on Facebook that the two terrorists had also fake guns. Whereas the reconstruction done by the media, including Al Arabiya, is very different. According to this last version, one of the assailants of the resort had an explosive belt, set off by the security forces (according to other media there were two belts, circumstances denied by the police, reads the site Egyptian Streets).
At night, no terrorist group, not even the one affiliated to Isis and active in the north of the Sinai, had claimed responsibility for the attack yet. BBC in Arabic language has mentioned witnesses according to whom terrorists shouted “Allah Akbar” and had Isis’ black flag on which white words from the Shahada, the profession of faith in Allah and Mohammed.
Besides the two men who were neutralized, there was also a third man who managed to escape by sea, from where the commando came (like in Sousse): but police denied this circumstance as well. The four star hotel with a large swimming pool at the center of rooms in multi-storey buildings is located at the end of the Sheraton Road and is known for being attended almost exclusively by tourists from Northern Europe and Russia.
Egyptian tourism is at the center of worrying news again. This morning, Isis’ propaganda network Amaq News has claimed yesterday’s shooting at a bus with Israeli tourists near the pyramids in Giza. Whereas today, the Egyptian minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou will be in Hurghada to pay visit to the injured tourists. Already in decline, at 7.2 billion dollars in comparison with the pre-revolution peaks (12.5 billion) in 2010, the revenues of the Egyptian tourism sector in 2015 should decrease of 10%, according to calculations done by Zaazou himself last month. Because of the attack in Sharm alone, the country is going to suffer a loss of 240 million euros per month, the minister had noticed.