Sun, Jul 24, 2005 - Page 1 News List

Bombs in Egyptian resort town kill 83

MAYHEM Egypt's worst-ever terrorist attack is likely to claim more victims as rescuers pick through the wreckage at the summit home of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process


On the other side of Sharm in the Old Market, a second car bomb in a minibus parking lot sent a ball of flaming wreckage shooting over a nearby beach and into the sea and littered the sand with body parts. Overturned chairs, broken waterpipes and pools of blood were scattered around the ravaged coffee shop nearby, frequented by Egyptians who work in the resorts.

"The country's going to come to a stop. That's it!" sobbed Samir al-Mitwalli, who arrived in Sharm only a month ago to work as a driver. "Who's paying the price? ... Whoever did this wants to destroy the economy."

The string of attacks stunned a town that has long been dedicated to scuba diving at the famed coral reefs off its shores and partying on the beaches.

Sharm el-Sheik has expanded at a furious pace, making it a major player in the tourism industry. It has been the host to summits for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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