Country i’d most like to visit

Posted: September 13, 2012 in books

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I love egypt! i find it fascinating all those pyramids and sphynx’s and of course mummies! I have watched all the mummy films which makes me even more eager to go but i have seriously been put off the idea of visiting by several people and also this:

There is a general threat from terrorism throughout Egypt, including in Sinai. Although security is tight throughout the country, especially in resort areas, there remains a general risk of indiscriminate attacks including on public places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers, including but not limited to resorts, hotels and restaurants.

A Singaporean national was kidnapped on 15 June after the bus he was travelling on was held up by armed men near Suez.  He was released with minor injuries eight hours later.  Other passengers on the bus were robbed.

Two US nationals were kidnapped by armed tribesmen whilst driving between Dahab and Taba, near Nuweiba on 30 May. They were released unharmed the next day.

10 Fijian peacekeepers were kidnapped by Bedouin in North Sinai on 7 May. They were released unharmed a few hours later.

A Czech tour guide was kidnapped at gunpoint in Nuweiba on 23 March 2012.  She was released unharmed within hours.

On 18 March 2012, armed Bedouin kidnapped two Brazilian women near St Catherine’s Monastery. They were released unharmed within hours.

Three Korean tourists and their Egyptian guide were kidnapped on the road between Dahab and St Catherine’s in Sinai while travelling on a bus on 10 February.

Two US tourists and their Egyptian guide were kidnapped while travelling by bus on the same road on 3 February 2012.  Both groups were released unharmed shortly afterwards.

You should be aware that the long-standing policy of the British Government is not to make substantive concessions to hostage takers. The British Government considers that paying ransoms and releasing prisoners increases the risk of further hostage-taking.

There have also been incidents of robberies and roadblocks on the roads between Nuweiba, Taba, Dahab and St Catherine’s in Sinai, most recently on the night of 2/3 June when a tourist bus was robbed near Taba.

The presence and effectiveness of police and security forces is not at the level it was prior to February 2011. You should be vigilant of your surroundings at all times.

Reports of cases of sexual assault cases against British nationals-have increased during and since the unrest of January/February 2011. In 2011, we handled 20 cases of sexual assault and six cases of rape. Some assaults were against minors. Many occurred in what were considered to be safe environments e.g. hotel premises. Assaults have also occurred in taxis and on microbuses and during demonstrations. If travelling on microbuses, be aware of your surroundings and avoid being the last passenger left on the bus.

scary stuff! Its a shame because its a beautiful country full of culture and interesting things to see but i value mine and my loved one’s lives so i think i’ll stick to admiring from afar!!!

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