The Sinai Peninsula remains a hot spot for Israeli tourists who love scuba diving, snorkeling, or just relaxing on the beach. Over the weekend, what started out as a much-needed summer get-away turned to tragedy as three bombs exploded, killing more than 90 and injuring another 200. The attack leveled the first floor and shattered the coffee shop of the Ghazala Gardens Hotel in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el Sheikh.
A group linked to al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack, though none of the terrorists were Egyptian. In fact, the majority of the dead were Egyptians and the remainder mostly European tourists. While some 10,000 Israelis in Sinai at the time of the attack, reports indicate only one sustained injuries.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak condemned the attacks as cowardly and an attempt to undermine Egypt’s security, with al-Qaeda’s Sinai branch catching Egyptian intelligence by surprise.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called Mubarak to express condolences over the deadliest terror attack in Egypt’s history. Egyptian security forces have already arrested more than 70 in connection with the attack.