The once popular Egyptian seaside town has been mostly abandoned since the terrorist attack on a Russian passenger plane, but the few vacationers who do go have all the beach chairs and buffets to themselves.
In the weeks since a Russian airliner crashed in the Sinai desert, Egypt's media unleashed a campaign of obfuscation unparalleled since the days of the now-toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak.
An expert on Wilayat Sinai, the Islamic State’s affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula, said that infiltrating personnel at the airport of the Egyptian resort area of Sharm el-Sheikh is well within the group's capabilities.
A day after the Islamic State again claimed responsibility for downing the plane, a member of the Egyptian investigation team reportedly said that evidence indicates it was a bomb.
After intelligence suggested earlier this week that a Russian flight from the area might have been bombed, the British government suspended commercial flights between the UK and Sharm el-Sheikh. Russia has now suspended all Egyptian flights.
Just how easy would it be for someone with runway access to put a bomb onto a plane before takeoff?
Hours after the Islamic State again claimed responsibility for downing the plane with 224 people aboard, anonymous US officials said evidence suggests it was a bombing.
"The plane was in excellent condition. We rule out a technical fault and any mistake by the crew," a senior official of the Kogalymavia airline told a news conference in Moscow today.
Investigators are still searching for answers after a Russian jetliner crashed in Egypt on Saturday, killing all 224 passengers and crew members aboard.
The plane was flying from a Red Sea resort town to St. Petersburg when it went down in a desolate mountainous area of central Sinai.
The agreement — which has been described as a “monumental step” towards economic integration, will create a 26-state single market spanning the eastern half of the continent.
The once-glitzy seaside resort of Sharm el Sheikh this weekend became the venue for Egypt's rulers to launch the attempted reinvention of their nation.