Skip to comments.Blast hits tourist bus in Egypt, few dead and injured
Posted on 12/29/2018 4:04:11 AM PST by SMGFan
A loud explosion was heard near the pyramids of Giza, as a blast hit tourist bus. Two dead and 12 injured, according to Egyptian Foreign Ministry.
Yes, the headline is awkward. "few dead".
My 19 year old granddaughter was scheduled to leave for Giza Egypt from JFK at 6pm yesterday. She was going with her best friend and her best friends mother who is the Dean of a college and a world traveler. Thank God they got word two hours before take off and cancelled their trip.
And given that tourism is an important part of their economy the pig fornicating knuckledraggers attack tourist sites.
So much for the grand tourist industry in Egypt.
The only way I would go is with a 10,000 rounds of .223, a case of grenades, an AR 15 and a half dozen rocket launchers.
Armour plate the bus and continue?
The Muslim Brotherhood needs to be destroyed.
yes, they are lucky.
On October 31, 1999 the Cairo bound flight from New York crashed into the Atlantic. We flew the following Sunday. We decided that the odds of it happening twice in one week were nearly nil.
I was in Luxor and the Valley of the Kings on the anniversary of the November 17, 1997 attack on tourists.
Egypt is one of the most amazing places on Earth! I would recommend it to anyone. I think if one travels wisely one can still run into problems anywhere. There are parts of DC, NYC, LA or Chicago where you would be in far greater danger than in Giza.
Egypt is trying to modernize and is working for peace in the region. The radical elements there want to disrupt that progress, certainly. Dissuading tourists is one of their goals.
I would say to anyone, if you get the chance to visit, GO! It is truly a wonder and most of the people we met were very warm and friendly!
I agree. We went for a couple weeks the year before Mubarak was overthrown. Our private guide was great. We wandered all over the country and saw wonderful things. The people we interacted with were friendly, cordial and helpful. There was some concern about security in some situations but that is true anywhere. It all depends if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time...and your tolerance of risk/uncertainty. It is a country not to be missed. President Sissi and the sane elements of their society need to be supported.
Wife and I visited Egypt earlier this year and, except for insane traffic in Cairo and Alexandria, had a good visit. The government is working hard to re-establish tourism as a major source of income. Most sites had armed guards which we quickly became accustomed to seeing. As a twosome, we had a guide and driver wherever we went. If you had five people, a guard was assigned to you. Buses of tourists were assigned a police car with two policemen. We found the people to be very friendly and even had a Christian as our guide. Luxor, being less populated, was far safer and guards were not necessary although we continued to have both guide and driver. It was one of the most memorable trips we have had.
Terror can strike anywhere. However, based on our experience, the government of Egypt is taking steps to minimize the threat. Hotels and many sites required you to go through metal detectors. Our hotel had one for the lobby and at the entrance to each wing. Despite being minorities we felt safe.
I’m with you. If the best they can do this time is kill 2 and injure 12, they’re slipping and it shows that they’re not as organized as they used to be - in fact, I doubt their leaders will show up at mosque for a few months due to the embarrassment.
It is a great time to visit, as there are far fewer tourists, but the tours do continue. Unless I see a pattern of terrorism, I’m still planning to go later this year.
We went in ‘99 and ‘01. You will be amazed!
Cairo, Luxor, Alexandria and maybe finish in Sharm-el-Sheik for the snorkeling is terrific. Plan 3 days in each place and I recommend flying or the trains instead of busses or driving so you won’t be exhausted. Guides are worth the money.
We loved it all!
I recommend the Conrad Cairo hotel https://conradhotels3.hilton.com/en/hotels/egypt/conrad-cairo-CAICICI/index.html
and the Hilton Luxor Spa https://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/egypt/hilton-luxor-resort-and-spa-LUXHITW/index.html
I’ve been, “panhandled” in every American city and even in my hometown we have the folks on street corners with their signs. Yes, in Egypt they did ask more directly. I’m sorry you didn’t find your time worthwhile.
I will share another story. In Sharm-el-Sheik I went to the McDonalds restaurant which had only been opened for a couple of months. Spotless. Flowers in vases on the tables. After you ordered, they brought the food to you.
They handed out comment cards and I brought mine to the counter and asked for the manager. (I had given them 10’s on everything and commented that it was the cleanest McD’s I had ever been to.) The employees looked nervous and they tried to look over the managers shoulder to see what was written and they all smiled, beaming as they saw what I had written. Maybe we were lucky.
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