October 09, 2004


Tom Gara, an Australian in Egypt, reports on the Sinai terrorist attacks:

Most media reports on the bombings are presenting them as being focussed on Israeli tourists. This underestimates how severe the casualties will be for Egyptian tourists - as this was the 6 October long weekend, pretty much every middle class travelling Egyptian went somewhere this weekend - Sinai being a particular favourite. Right now Egyptian television is saying 33 dead, majority Egyptians with 10+ Israelis. But take the opinion of Egyptian english language television with a grain of salt.

This is incredibly bad news for Egypt. It will cause a significant, significant drop in tourist numbers. After Suez Canal revenues, tourism is Egypt's number 2 earner of foreign exchange dollars. This is bad.

Tom promises updates in coming days.

Posted by Tim Blair at October 9, 2004 02:28 AM

My condolences to all the victims and their families, regardless of nationality.

I only hope the Egyptian government pulls their head out of their back pocket, and goes after the murdering terrorist pukes.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at October 9, 2004 at 03:13 AM

The Sinai Arabs are probably the nicest people in the Middle East. They are the "moderate Muslims" we keep hearing about and their killers knew this.

Posted by: Troy at October 9, 2004 at 03:26 AM

I feel sorry for the innocent victims of the bombings, but I find it difficult to have much sympathy for Egypt as a whole. Like the Saudis, they've learned that the viper they nursed in their bosom will strike at them as at anyone.

Posted by: Rebecca at October 9, 2004 at 09:45 AM

Connolly's humour was never my 'cup of tea' but I will never even watch him if it's the last thing on TV- what a moron
and to the Israelis and Sinai people our hearts are with you

Posted by: Rose at October 9, 2004 at 10:57 AM

TO Mr. Gara, its not that the media underestimate the effect on Egyptians, its just that they don't care about Arabs unless they can blame America.

Posted by: Sheriff at October 9, 2004 at 04:07 PM