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Three explosions are being reported in the Egyptian city of Dahab, a resort town, located on the Gulf of Aqaba on the eastern side of the Sinai Peninsula.


The bombs were apparantly placed on a bridge, in the El-Kalheeg Hotel cafeteria and the third explosion rocked the resort town's market area about 7:15 p.m. local time (1715 GMT).

At this time, at least 100 causalities were reported, but this is still too early to have clear numbers. At least 17 people were killed at the el-Khaleeg Hotel alone.

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By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 25-4-2006

Al Qaeda has found friends with the disgruntled Bedouins who are not at all happy with the Egyptian government, and they are suspected in terror attacks in the recent past.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 25-4-2006

Dahab is a popular destination with many tourists, world-renowned for its windsurfing, SCUBA diving and snorkelling.

The hotels were full of (orthodox) Christians celebrating Easter and the Egypts also have a five-day spring holiday at the moment, starting with the ancient spring festival of Shamm el-Nessim on Monday.

Many of those killed in the attack are tourists.

Three Israelis were wounded in the blasts and were being evacuated to Israel so far.

About 20 ambulances are standing by at the Taba border crossing between Israel and Egypt if needed; Magen David Adom has offered rescue and medical assistance to its Egyptian counterpart.

Following the blasts, Israeli workers at the Taba terminal crossing were called in and have been instructed to allow Israelis back into Israel even without a passport. It is reported that a big stream of Israeli vehicles were leaving Egypt.
By Riwka: posted on 25-4-2006

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Originally posted by Thomas_Crowne

Al Qaeda has found friends .

But it is still hip to blame the Jews:

Egyptian analyst says that Israeli Mossad can't be ruled out as being involved in the attack.

- Israeli security officers think different to Egypts analyst::

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The attacks, senior security officials said, were likely carried out by Global Jihad or al-Qaida cells known to be in Egypt and Jordan. Cells of terrorists affiliated with al-Qaida, one official said, were known to be operating in the hills and caves in the northern Sinai and were believed to have been behind the recent attacks in Sinai, including the bombings in Sharm e-Sheikh last July and Taba in October, 2004, which together killed more than 100 people.

By Riwka: posted on 25-4-2006

- and again:

Two suicide bombers detonate themselves

The peacekeeping force - 1,800 members of 10 countries the force - the United States, Canada, Australia, Colombia, Fiji, France, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand and Uruguay; Norway also provides the force with three officers, although it is not technically a member - was set up as part of the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt that led to Israel's withdrawal from the Sinai. It is partially paid for by the U.S.

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By Riwka: posted on 27-4-2006

Two Britons are reported injured in the Dahab blasts on Monday:

  • Henry Luce - a relative of Lord Luce, the Lord Chamberlain -

  • Sam Still, 24, a British free diver who is world champion in the sport of static apnea, in which contestants hold their breath underwater for as long as possible.

Their injuries are serious but not life-threatening.

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The initial death toll was put at 23, but Egypt's Health Minister, Hatem al-Gebali, said that in fact 18 people were killed.

Security sources said that there were six foreigners were among them, including a Swiss, a Russian, a Lebanese and a five-year-old German child.

He said that 83 people were injured.

By Riwka: posted on 27-4-2006

From New Zealand Defence Force Press Release:

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Explosion In Sinai - NZDF Member Involved

A member of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) serving with the Sinai based Multi National Force and Observers (MFO) was involved in the incident.

The suicide bombing attack, which targeted the MFO vehicle Private Roewen was driving during a routine task, damaged the vehicle.

Private Roewen 's quick actions assisted in getting the vehicle away from the danger area.

Neither Private Roewan nor the two passengers sustained any injuries in the attack.
By Riwka: posted on 28-4-2006

Dahab is a world famous wind surfing spot !? Never would have know that without these explosions. Just heard Pat Robinsons version of the events in Egypt on the 700 club. He draws some interesting conlcusions.

These blasts and the blasts before them in Egypt are a clear sign that Israel has now a third frontier in the Sinai. The international force in the region is a relic of the ARab-Israel war than any significant power. Al-Qaeda has now seeped into the rug, so to say, in the Sinai. The frequent bombings in that region are a confirmation of this.

With the Egyptian president Mubarrak ageing and his control over the region diminishing, it is only a matter of time before there is a popular Islamic uprising against the autocracy. In a near police state like Egypt there have been continued bombings over the past few years first in Taba, Ammam, Sharm el-Sheikh and even in a bazaar in Cairo. Can we assume that mubarraks intelligence officials have their loyalties elsewhere? Islamic fundamentalism on the upsurge in the region and Al-Qaeda becomming weary of growing Shia influence in the region, Egypt seems a perfect place to build another province for the Caliphate.
A letter intercepted by the Israeli intelligence from Ayman Zawahiri, bin Laden's deputy, to Abu Musab Zarqawi stresses the need to take the battle to the countries of the Levant: i.e Israel, Jordan and Syria.

The problem as I see it is yet again the clash of cultures. The bedoins of the Sinai are culturally different from most Egyptians with their customs similar to that of the Bedoins of Arabia. In the last few decades the Egyptian government wanting to capitalize on tourism has taken the lands of these Bedouins and turned them into shopping malls and littered the coasts with holiday resorts. The Bedoiuns not benefiting economically due to their lack of skill sets to cater to the tourism industry see it as a corruption of their environment. Naturally with tourism comes the problems of tourism, the clash of cultures, the flash of skin, etc. But on the other hand this has brought important revenue to the Egyptian economy and now makes up a signinficant portion of the economy. The Egyptians dont want to let this go for unlike their other Arab cousins, they havent been blessed with sweet crude.

The Bedouins for their part have always been the same; heard camels smuggled what they can and survive how they can. They are bound by their own codes of survival. The Bedouin lands are beyond the purview of the Egyptians with frequent fire fights between the Egyptians and the Bedouins. But this alone cannot justify the directed and zelous nature of the bombings. The methods and modes of carring out bombings have resulted through some external pressure. Pressure here specifically from the Al-Qaeda. The bedouins hospitality forces them to protect their guests and with guests like Al-Qaeda they would have a tough time. With the disengagement of Gaza and the vaccume created there, Al-Qaeda has effectively moved in bed-rags and all. Obviously the hezbollah would try to create problems but that hasnt deterned Al-Zarqawis bloody campaign in Iraq which has confined the Shias to the south.

Now if the Bedouins are further aggravated and their Al-Qaeda guests further instigate them there could be a drastic upsurge in the bombings and potentially turn it into another front for terrorism against Israel. Unlike the hezbollah, this time the excursion into the sinai wouldnt prove too usefull for the IDF. Egypt in an effort to support the terrorist against Israel had let the smugling of arms in Rafah go unchecked which has now given the bedoiuns the ability to carry out these attacks.

Al-Qaeda is having its own problems, with the Muslim Brother hood also ganging up against them in the region and in fact has lead to a slanging match between the two. Hezbollah also joining this circus things have suddenly become complicated. The Israeli position now is precarious, any intervention by Israel will unite the groups any slack in activities will embolden individual factions.

The sources:
Al-Qaeda and Hamas in Israel
Enter al-Qaeda
Gaza, the Bedouin and al-Qaeda
By IAF: posted on 28-4-2006

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