The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

Bombings in Sharm Al Sheikh

About half an hour ago, five explosions went off in Sharm Al Sheikh. There are three casualties for now, according to AFP and Al Jazeera.

I have little info to add, except that:

1. These are the first bomb attacks in Sinai since last October's Taba bombings;
2. It's worrying that Sharm is attacked because it's the crown jewel of Egyptian resort tourism;
3. President Mubarak spends a lot of time there.

This is supposed to be the most secure resort in Egypt -- hence the significance of an attack. It's also not a resort that attracts a lot of Israeli tourists, compared to Taba. Most tourists there are European, particularly Italian, French and German.

More in the morning, as it's just past 2am here.

Update: The death toll has risen to 50 (at 9am) and will probably continue to rise. A lot of severely wounded people among the 200 or so wounded.

A thought: is it a sheer coincidence that today is the anniversary of the 23 July 1952 coup by the Free Officers that brought the current regime to power?