Egypt Tourism Attacks Threaten El-Sisi’s Economic Agenda

An Egyptian policeman patrols as tourists walk through the ruins of the Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt, June 11, 2015 (AP photo by Hassan Ammar).
An Egyptian policeman patrols as tourists walk through the ruins of the Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt, June 11, 2015 (AP photo by Hassan Ammar).

Last week it was the Pyramids, and Wednesday, the Karnak Temple in Luxor. Twice in one week, militants attacked major tourism sites in Egypt, reviving fears of a return to the violence that marked the 1990s. Then, the low-level insurgency by Islamic radicals against former President Hosni Mubarak culminated in the horrific 1997 attack on the Temple of Hatsepshut, across the Nile from Luxor, when gunmen killed 58 tourists and six Egyptians. On Wednesday, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a parking lot just outside the sprawling, Pharaonic-era Karnak Temple along the Nile. Two gunmen then engaged in a […]

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