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Rostourism recommends Russians in Egypt not to leave hotels for security reasons

January 10, 2014, 13:24 UTC+3 MOSCOW
On January 8, several Russian tourists became involved in a road accident on the way back from a tour to the Sinai Peninsula
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MOSCOW, January 10. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Federal Tourism Agency (Rostourism) has recommended Russian tourists, who are having a holiday in Egypt, not to leave the hotels’ territory for security reasons.

On January 8, several Russian tourists became involved in a road accident on the way back from a tour to the Sinai Peninsula. The accident occurred on the road section between Saint Catherine’s Monastery and Dahab, 150 kilometers away from Sharm el-Sheikh. According to preliminary reports, because of mechanical failure, the bus carrying Russian tourists overturned. As a result, one person died, two people received severe injuries and seven people were injured slightly. All injured people were taken to a hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Rostourism reported that the tour had been purchased at the so-called “street travel agency”. The tour was held in violation of the Russian Foreign Ministry recommendations for Russian tourists not to leave resort areas, the report says.

The investigation proved that the mini-bus’s driver had no license to carry foreign tourists.

“Thus, Rostourism confirms Russian Foreign Ministry’s recommendations for Russian tourists staying in Egypt or leaving for the country to take measures in order to ensure personal safety, be very careful and not to leave hotels’ areas with the exception of transfer to airport,” the report says.

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