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Russians call Rostourism’s hotline over situation in Egypt

July 11, 2013, 15:30 UTC+3

Mainly Russian citizens call when they leave for Egypt, voicing concern over the situation in Egyptian resorts

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MOSCOW, July 11 (Itar-Tass) - Russia’s Federal Tourism Agency has received about 500 calls from Russian citizens on the hotline centre over the situation in Egypt, Rostourism spokesperson Irina Shchegolkova told Itar-Tass.

“In total, Rostourism’s hotline has received about 500 calls. In the first days of the hotline’s work the Russian service has gotten 400 calls. But in the past 24 hours the calls have diminished,” Shchegolkova said.

Mainly Russian citizens call when they leave for Egypt. They voice concern over the situation in Egyptian resorts, she said.

In order to monitor the situation Rostourism sent two officials to Egypt on July 5. They explain the situation to Russian citizens and inform them about the situation in the country and in the resorts.

Earlier, Rostourism said about 80,000 Russian tourists were currently staying in Egyptian resorts. Security measures have been taken due to the disorders in the country.

On Sunday, July 7, protest actions hit Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada in support for ouster President Mohamed Morsi. Protest actions were of peaceful nature and held far from hotels. Casualties among tourists were not reported.

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