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South Korea warns its citizens against travel to Egypt's Sinai

South Korea strongly condemns the attack on the tourist bus that killed at least four on Sunday in the Red Sea resort town of Taba and urges its citizens to steer clear of the area

Ahram Online, Monday 17 Feb 2014
Bus in Taba
People and security officials walk and look as smoke rises from a tourist bus in the Red Sea resort town of Taba in the south Sinai, February 16, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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"We cannot curb the feelings of resentment," said a Monday statement by the South Korean Foreign Ministry in connection with its three dead and 14 injured nationals on the tourist bus targeted Sunday by a terrorist attack in the south Sinai town of Taba.

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se requested his Egyptian counterpart Nabil Fahmy to begin investigations immediately while the statement assured that South Korea will cooperate with the Egyptian government and international community to uncover the terrorists behind the attack.

South Korea has also issued a warning against visiting Egypt's coastal areas overlooking the Gulf of Aqaba in the Sinai Peninsula and recommended its citizens leave those areas without delay.

Carrying tourists of various nationalities, the bus was en route from Saint Catherine to Taba when the blast occurred. According to Korean wire service Yonhap, the South Korean tourists were embarked on a 12-day trip to Egypt, Turkey and Israel visiting religious sites.

The Sunday bus blast is the first attack to target tourists since a terror campaign that continues to rock the country began following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

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