Tue. Oct 22nd, 2019

Giza explosion: South Africans among 17 injured in Egypt bus blast

Giza Egypt pyramids South AfricansSouth African holidaymakers are among a group of tourists who have been rocked by an explosion, near the site of Egypt’s famous pyramids in Giza.

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An explosion struck a tourist bus on Sunday near Egypt’s famed pyramids, injuring 17 people including foreigners, security and medical sources said.

As AFP has reported, a number of South Africans and Egyptians were among those injured when an explosive device went off, hitting the bus in Giza, according to the sources. No deaths were reported. Images circulating online showed some of the bus’ windows shattered.

Giza explosion latest as death toll remains at zero

No information has yet been made available about the identities of the visitors from Mzansi. All victims are present and accounted for, with some being taken away for hospital treatment.

It’s another unfortunate and unsettling incident for the region, which has experienced a spate of similar violence recently. Sunday’s blast comes after three Vietnamese holidaymakers and their Egyptian guide were killed when a roadside bomb hit their bus as it travelled near the pyramids outside Cairo in December.

Egypt suffering from targeted terrorist attacks.

Egypt’s tourism sector has suffered for years due to a series of deadly attacks targeting holidaymakers following the turmoil of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak. Sharm el-Sheikh is another popular tourist resort in the country that has been affected by terrorism.

Authorities have gone to great lengths to lure tourists back, touting a series of archaeological finds and a new museum next to the pyramids, as well as enhanced security at airports and around ancient sites.

Tourism in Egypt

The industry has slowly picked up, with tourist arrivals reaching 8.3 million in 2017, compared with 5.3 million the previous year, official statistics showed. But that figure was still far short of the record influx of 2010 when more than 14 million visitors flocked to see the country’s sites.

Given the carnage caused on Sunday, this will be another setback for the industry

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