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a DETAILED HISTORY from 1992 to the PRESENT.

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Following are notable incidents in the failed Moslem militant campaign to permanently cripple Egypt's lucrative tourist industry. History shows that the vast majority of tourists who visit Egypt for any reason, at any time of year, & to any locale, find their experience to be magical, exotic & a great adventure. Terrorism against live-aboard vessels on the Red Sea has been virtually non-existent, knowledgeable sources indicate.

We include this file not to meddle in your private vacation plans, nor to instill needless anxiety, but because U.S. Dive Travel strongly feels you need to study the issue of personal safety in Egypt before making an informed decision about whether to travel to this beautiful but troubled region. And the only way to be informed is to separate fact from rumor, history from fearful speculation.

Your safety & personal security are far more important to this company than any other aspect of your booking. Please read this important text completely & feel free to call your agent at U.S. Dive Travel if you have any questions. Thank you for taking the time. God bless you & your trip! Be careful & chances are excellent you will have one of the most exciting & visually gratifying scuba vacations possible on planet Earth.












2012,   2013



  • CAIRO / Sept. 13, 2015 — The Associated Press reported today that Egyptian special forces who were pursuing Islamic militants in the country’s western desert mistakenly opened fire on Mexican tourists who were on a safari, killing 12 unarmed civilians and setting back the country’s efforts to revive its faltering tourism.

    Egyptian officials said the group had no formal permits to be in the area, but have not released a complete account of Sunday’s incident, in which another 10 people were wounded. Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto condemned the attack and called for a full investigation. And Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Mexico’s foreign minister, said stunned survivors told officials they were attacked by helicopters and other aircraft.

    The incident, among the worst attacks on tourists ever in Egypt, occurred while the government is desperately trying to rekindle tourist flow, which has waned since the 2011 uprising that brought down President Hosni Mubarak.

    Egypt has mainly been battling insurgents in the northern Sinai Peninsula, on the other side of the country, where Islamic militants stepped up attacks on security forces after the military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013 amid large-scale protests against his rule.

    But in recent months militants loyal to the Islamic State have carried out a series of brutal attacks in Egypt, including the bombing of the Italian Consulate in Cairo plus kidnapping and beheading a Croatian oil surveyor who was working in the capital.

    Mona el-Bakri, the spokeswoman for the Dar al-Fouad hospital where the wounded were being treated, said two of the seven Mexicans receiving treatment also hold American citizenship. A State Department official said an American woman was injured. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, declined to say more because the woman had not waived her privacy rights.

    According to Associated Press, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said in a statement that a joint military-police force was pursuing “terrorist elements” in the area and fired on four vehicles that turned out to be carrying tourists. The ministry said the victims were Egyptian and Mexican. Egyptian authorities claim the safari convoy had wandered into a restricted area without formal permission.

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