Update November 8, 2015

Dhaka 12-39 am, 12-August, 2020

Moves to return stuck Egypt tourists

Sumel Sarker

Tourists walk at the walking area of Naama bay in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, November 7, 2015. Foreign countries did not heed Egypt's calls for greater coordination to fight terrorism and have not shared intelligence with Cairo about the crash of a Russian passenger plane last week, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Saturday. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash, but several countries have already suspended flights to the Sinai resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, citing the possibility that the flight which originated there was brought down by a bomb. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

Moves to return stuck Egypt tourists

08 November 2015, Nirapad News: Moscow and London were ramping up efforts to pull out thousands of stranded tourists from Sharm el-Sheikh Sunday, after Egypt said it was too early to know whether a bomb brought down a Russian plane.

Britain and the US, as well as international investigators, suspect a bomb exploded on board the Airbus minutes after it took off from the Red Sea resort en route to Saint Petersburg, killing all 224 people on board.

Russia, which lost the most people in the disaster, has stopped all flights to Egypt and Britain has halted air travel to Sharm, while several other countries have warned their nationals not to fly to the resort due to security fears.

Tens of thousands of people have been left stranded for days by the clampdown, which Egyptians fear could deal a heavy blow to their vital tourism industry, already battered by years of unrest.

Egypt has dismissed a claim from Islamic State jihadists that they brought down the plane, and on Saturday the head of its investigative committee said the cause of the crash was still not clear.

“Initial observations… do not allow for identifying the origin of the in-flight break-up” of the aircraft 23 minutes and 14 seconds after it departed from Sharm, Ayman el-Mokkadem said.

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