Egypt vows security boost

Cairo – Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi on Wednesday vowed to enhance security in the country amid suspicions that a bomb caused the crash of a Russian passenger airliner in Sinai more than a week ago.
“We will make more efforts in order to ensure security and safety for each visitor to Egypt,” al-Sisi said, according to the official Middle east News Agency.
He called for Egyptians’ unity at what he described as “this hard time.”
“No one can break the will of Egyptians,” al-Sisi said during a tour of the Sinai resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh.
The Metrojet flight crashed on October 31 shortly after departing from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to the Russian city of St Petersburg, killing all the 224 people on board. Almost all the victims were Russian.
The tragedy prompted Russia and Britain to halt flights to Egypt, triggering fears about potential impact on the Egyptian tourism, a main source of the national income.
Suspension of the flights is estimated to cost Egypt around $281m a month, Egyptian Tourism Minister Hesham Zazou said on Wednesday.

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