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    16 Million Egyptians Financially Affected by A321 Plane Crash

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    The drop in tourist flow to Egypt that came after the deadly Airbus A321 plane crash last year has affected about 16 million Egyptians, the country’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On October 31, 2015, a Russia-operated Airbus A321 plane crashed en route from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg as a result of an explosion on board. All 224 people on board the plane were killed. The Daesh radical group, which is outlawed in Russia and a range of other countries, said it had planted a bomb on board the aircraft.

    "Not only Russian citizens suffered from this terrorist act. Egyptians suffered as well. We have over 4 million Egyptian citizens involved in the tourist industry. If these 4 million are summed up with all their families, what we get is that we have about 16 million Egyptian citizens [financially] affected by this terrorist act," Shoukry said in an interview with the Russian Rossiya-24 TV channel.

    Flights between Russia and Egypt were suspended following the crash.

    According to the Egyptian foreign minister, Egypt is taking all the necessary measures to ensure the safety of tourists at its resorts and airports and has taken into account all the relevant recommendations on the issue from the Russian side.

    On Wednesday, Shoukry said that the Russian authorities were satisfied with additional security measures introduced at Egyptian airports in the wake of Russian A321 passenger plane crash.

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