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    Tourists stand on the beach at the Bella Vista Hotel in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Hurghada on January 9, 2016, the day after the hotel came under attack by knife-wielding assailants, in the latest blow to the country's beleaguered tourism industry

    Egypt to Introduce Additional Measures to Ensure Safety of Tourists

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    Egypt's Tourism Minister Hisham Zazou said that additional measures to ensure the safety of all tourists on the territory of Egypt will be anounced in few days.

    CAIRO (Sputnik) — Egypt will introduce additional measures to ensure the safety of tourists staying in the country, Tourism Minister Hisham Zazou said Saturday.

    On Friday, unidentified gunmen attacked the Bella Vista Hotel on the Red Sea coast. Three foreign tourists, two Austrians and one Swede, received minor injuries during the attack, according to Egyptian authorities.

    "In the next few days we will announce additional measures to ensure the safety of all tourists on the territory of Egypt," Zazou said in a statement.

    Hisham Zazou also said that the perpetrators of an attack on tourists in Egypt’s Hurghada resort were targeting the country’s tourism sector.

    "The aim of the local instigators who carried out the attack was harming Egypt's tourism industry, which is a significant part of the country’s economy," Zazou said.

    Over the past days, the security situation in Egypt has deteriorated. Another attack against foreign tourists took place Thursday in Giza, in close proximity to the Egyptian pyramids. Two gunmen fired shots at a tourist bus before leaving the scene. No injuries were reported. On Saturday afternoon, two unidentified assailants killed a police officer and a recruit in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, according to local media.

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