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Explosion in Taba Hilton
Israel National News ^ | 22:14 Oct 07, '04 / 22 Tishrei 5765

Posted on 10/07/2004 1:29:18 PM PDT by yonif

(IsraelNN.com) An explosion occurred a short time ago in the Taba Hilton, on the Egyptian side of the border. According preliminary reports from Magen David Adom emergency medical service officials, the cause of the blast was a gas tank.

There are unconfirmed reports of dozens of injured. The IDF has already ordered helicopters into the air and MDA is mobilizing to treat the many wounded in the blast. Details to follow as they become available.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: egypt; explosions; israel; taba; tabahilton
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1 posted on 10/07/2004 1:29:18 PM PDT by yonif
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More Details:

From Haaretz:

22:22 Al-Jazeera: Most of those wounded in blast at Hilton Hotel in Taba are Israelis

22:21 Ceiling collapses following explosion at Hilton Hotel in Taba; cause of blast still unclear

22:10 Explosion at Hilton Hotel in Taba, near Israel-Egypt border; injuries reported


2 posted on 10/07/2004 1:29:59 PM PDT by yonif ("So perish all Thine enemies, O the Lord" - Judges 5:31)
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To: SJackson; Yehuda; Nachum; Paved Paradise; Thinkin' Gal; adam_az; Alouette; IFly4Him; Salem; ...

Ping.


3 posted on 10/07/2004 1:30:26 PM PDT by yonif ("So perish all Thine enemies, O the Lord" - Judges 5:31)
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To: yonif

Is it a resort area?


4 posted on 10/07/2004 1:30:51 PM PDT by cardinal4 (John Kerry- "A Hamster Tale..")
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To: yonif

Is it a resort area?


5 posted on 10/07/2004 1:31:10 PM PDT by cardinal4 (John Kerry- "A Hamster Tale..")
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Israeli Media, more reports:

Egypt not allowing Israeli rescue forces to get to the hotel, injured as a result evacuated to beach

Injured Israelis being evacuated from there to Eilat.


6 posted on 10/07/2004 1:31:44 PM PDT by yonif ("So perish all Thine enemies, O the Lord" - Judges 5:31)
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Many casualties reported.


7 posted on 10/07/2004 1:32:25 PM PDT by yonif ("So perish all Thine enemies, O the Lord" - Judges 5:31)
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To: yonif

What can I say... We gave them back Sinai... for what?


8 posted on 10/07/2004 1:32:51 PM PDT by Pitiricus
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To: cardinal4
Yes, it is. Check out the link Taba Hilton
9 posted on 10/07/2004 1:37:55 PM PDT by Sthitch
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To: yonif

Blast at Hilton Hotel in Taba, close to Egypt-Israel border

By Revital Levy-Stein, Haaretz Correspondent



An explosion occurred at the Hilton Hotel in the Egyptian town of Taba in the Sinai Desert on Thursday evening, on the border with Israel.




There were reports of casualties in the blast. The Qatar-based satellite channel Al-Jazeera said that most of those wounded in the blast are Israelis.

A ceiling in the hotel collapsed following the blast, Army Radio said.

A large number of Border Policemen and Israel Defense Forces soldiers were amassed on Egyptian border, and Israel Air Force fighter planes were scrambled following the blast.

It is unclear what caused the explosion. Some reports said that the blast could have been caused by a gas cylinder.

Many Israelis have visited Egypt over the past month, during the period of Jewish holidays. Last month, the defense establishment cautioned Israelis against traveling to Sinai, following warnings of a potential terrorist attack.


10 posted on 10/07/2004 1:40:18 PM PDT by oldleft
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To: yonif
Egypt not allowing Israeli rescue forces to get to the hotel,

Prayers for the wounded. Islam is truly a vile, evil death-cult.

11 posted on 10/07/2004 1:42:08 PM PDT by evolved_rage (If it's not Scottish...It's crap!!)
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Yesha News: eastern side of hotel up in flames.

dozens of casualties reported by Israeli Media. IDF responds that it does not know if this was a terror attack. Once again, Egyptian officials not allowing Israeli rescue forces into the hotel. IDF has massed forces around the border to aid the rescue of Israeli injured who are being brought to the border by Egyptians.


12 posted on 10/07/2004 1:43:09 PM PDT by yonif ("So perish all Thine enemies, O the Lord" - Judges 5:31)
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Haaretz: Israeli Witness: Taba hotel on fire; dozens of bodies lying on the floor (Reuters)



Egypt not allowing Israelis to get to their injured close to the border. Some "peace" treaty.


13 posted on 10/07/2004 1:45:22 PM PDT by yonif ("So perish all Thine enemies, O the Lord" - Judges 5:31)
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To: cardinal4

Yes, its right near Eilat. Very nice hotel, Red Sea is delightful place to snorkel, et al. Used to have a nude beach near there, doubt its still there.


14 posted on 10/07/2004 1:46:06 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: yonif

I don't mean to lessen the dispicable occurrence, but after all it is "The Hilton". What has this family accomplished to further morality...need I say more.


15 posted on 10/07/2004 1:58:44 PM PDT by NAVY-VET2
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To: yonif

Yoni any updates?


16 posted on 10/07/2004 2:03:34 PM PDT by Dog
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To: yonif

Blast at Egyptian Hotel Causes Casualties

11 minutes ago Middle East - AP



CAIRO, Egypt - A strong explosion damaged the Hilton hotel in Egypt's Taba resort, only yards from the Israeli border, on Thursday night, witnesses said. Israeli medics said they had been informed of "a large number of casualties."



"The whole front of the hotel has collapsed," witness Yigal Vakni told Israel's Army Radio. "There are dozens of people on the floor, lots of blood, it is very tense."


"I am standing outside of the hotel, the whole thing is burning and they have nothing to put it out with," he added. "There is nothing here."


On Sept. 9, the Israeli government urged citizens not to visit Egypt, citing a "concrete" terror threat to tourists in an area.


The blast could be heard strongly a mile from the hotel, said Selma Abu el-Dahab, who works at another Taba hotel. She said a worker from her hotel returned from the Hilton and told of the explosion before collapsing.


Taba is the main crossing between Israel and Egypt and the gateway for thousands of Israelis who travel to the hotels and resorts on the Red Sea. Thursday is the last day of the weeklong Jewish festival of Sukkot, when thousands of Israelis vacation in the Sinai.


Vakni said most of the people at the Hilton were Israeli.


"I was in the casino when it happened," he said. "There was a massive explosion and the left wall came down. People started to run around like crazy."


On Sept. 9, the Israeli government urged citizens not to visit Egypt, citing a "concrete" terror threat to tourists in an area.


The warning, issued by the counter-terrorism center in the Prime Minister's office, identified Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, where Taba is located, as the target of a potential attack.


"Recently a concrete possibility has emerged that terrorists will try to attack tourist centers in Egypt, especially the Sinai," the Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on its Web site.


17 posted on 10/07/2004 2:05:24 PM PDT by oldleft
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To: yonif

I've spent many a day at the Taba Hilton, this hits close to home.


18 posted on 10/07/2004 2:06:03 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Peace through Ignorance)
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To: Dog; SJackson; Yehuda; Nachum; Paved Paradise; Thinkin' Gal; adam_az; Alouette; IFly4Him; Salem; ...

IDF Radio: evidence suggests terror attack with suicide terrorist in carbomb blowing up next to gas canisters.

Eastern part of Hotel up in flames and has collapsed.

Israeli on phone says Egypt doing almost nothing to rescue people.

Egypt not allowing Israelis to leave, because passports are still in hotel that was hit.

Dozens of casualties.

Blast Rocks Taba Hotel On Egyption/Israeli Border
22:55 Oct 07, '04 / 22 Tishrei 5765


IDF helicopters are waiting at the Israeli border to evacuate the wounded and MDA has been mobilizing to treat the many wounded in the blast.

According to a Reshet Bet News Radio report, interviewing an Israeli present outside the Taba Hilton, the damage from the blast is significant, adding the situation is one of general panic and hysteria. Many Israelis are reported in the hotel area, and there is a power outage, further hampering rescue efforts.

Reports indicate that Israeli rescue personnel were not permitted to cross into Egypt at first to care for the dozens of wounded. Several lightly injured hotel guests made their way to the Israeli border by foot and were evacuated to Eilat's Yoseftal hospital.

Despite several warnings to refrain from vacationing in Egypt, Israelis have flocked to hotels in Sinai during the past month's holidays.


19 posted on 10/07/2004 2:08:56 PM PDT by yonif ("So perish all Thine enemies, O the Lord" - Judges 5:31)
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More info:

Explosion at Casino area.

Israel wants to help evacuate injured, Egypt refusing.

So far only 3 Israeli ambulances allowed to treat people.

Egypt having trouble at responding to the incident.

Injured evacuated to border and then allowed to be tranfered to Israeli hands, sent to Eilat hospital.

Mubarak has talked to Sharon on phone - Channel 1

At least a dozen Israelis injured already evacuated.

One must remember there was terror warning for Israelis traveling to Egypt a few weeks ago.


20 posted on 10/07/2004 2:11:22 PM PDT by yonif ("So perish all Thine enemies, O the Lord" - Judges 5:31)
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To: yonif

What do you think.....will the Israelis go in and seize the hotel and rescue their injured people?


21 posted on 10/07/2004 2:12:05 PM PDT by Dog
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To: yonif

My wife is on the phone now with my daughter in Eilat. She's kins of shook up. We always think of Eilat as "more safe."


22 posted on 10/07/2004 2:12:35 PM PDT by cookcounty (Kerry: He began by trashing the VN Vets. He ends by trashing the NG. Such class is rarely seen.)
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To: cookcounty

What is she seeing?


23 posted on 10/07/2004 2:13:19 PM PDT by Dog
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To: yonif

Sounds like Egypt is being oooooh so helpful in rescuing and rendering assistance to the injured Israelis.


24 posted on 10/07/2004 2:13:30 PM PDT by judicial meanz
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To: Dog

IDF has ammased forces. Eastern part of hotel collapsed. Western part almost going to do so as well.

IAF and Homefront Command on high alert to aid in rescuing forces, but no Egyptian approval.

Radio show host from Eilat: 22 injured have arrived in Eilat. Egyptians doing piss poor job aiding the injured. Reports of injured still laying on the ground at the hotel.


25 posted on 10/07/2004 2:13:47 PM PDT by yonif ("So perish all Thine enemies, O the Lord" - Judges 5:31)
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To: yonif

They need to seize the hotel...


26 posted on 10/07/2004 2:14:38 PM PDT by Dog
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To: Dog

27 posted on 10/07/2004 2:14:50 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: yonif
My God, yoni....

This seems like the explosion in the hotel in Kenya a while back (IIRC).

28 posted on 10/07/2004 2:14:54 PM PDT by Catspaw
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To: Dog

IDF Radio: Hospital in Eilat can't keep up the demand.

29 posted on 10/07/2004 2:15:00 PM PDT by yonif ("So perish all Thine enemies, O the Lord" - Judges 5:31)
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To: Catspaw

Sounds to me like the hotel is gone..


30 posted on 10/07/2004 2:15:49 PM PDT by Dog
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Haaretz:

23:08 Some people trapped under rubble after parts of Taba Hilton hotel collapse

23:07 Witness: The blast in Taba hotel appears to be a car bomb, parts of the vehicle are scattered in a 200 meter radius


32 posted on 10/07/2004 2:16:07 PM PDT by yonif ("So perish all Thine enemies, O the Lord" - Judges 5:31)
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To: yonif; All

also from Haaretz:


Last Update: 07/10/2004 23:12

Blast at Hilton Hotel in Taba, close to Egypt-Israel border

By Amos Harel, Yoav Stern and Revital Levy-Stein, Haaretz Correspondents, and Haartetz Service



An explosion ripped at the Hilton Hotel in the Egyptian town of Taba in the Sinai Desert on Thursday evening, close to the border with Israel, causing many injuries.




Israeli security sources said there was growing conviction that the explosion was caused by a terrorist attack, although the actual cause was not immediately clear.

The explosion, which took place in the lobby of the hotel at around 10 P.M., caused the ceiling of the lobby to collapse.

A fire then broke out at the hotel, and hotel guests on the upper floors were evacuated via the emergency exits. The western part of the hotel later caved in as well.

The Qatar-based satellite channel Al-Jazeera said that most of those wounded in the blast were Israelis.

An Israeli witness at the Hilton said that the hotel was on fire, and that dozens of bodies were lying on the floor.

"I heard a huge explosion. The wall near me collapsed and people began to run. There were many casualties... The explosion was outside. When we went out we saw the shops and the internal wall of the hotel had collapsed," the witness, called Yigal, told Army Radio.

"Some people it was a gas canister explosion and others said it was a terrorist attack. There are a lot of people [lying on the ground]. There is a lot of blood, a lot of screaming," he added.

"The whole front of the hotel has collapsed," he said. "I am standing outside of the hotel, the whole thing is burning and they have nothing to put it out with. There is nothing here."

Within 45 minutes of the blast, seven of the wounded had been taken to Yoseftal Hospital in Eilat, Channel 10 television said. Five of the wounded were in light condition and two had sustained moderate injuries.

In the wake of the explosion, Israel amassed a large number of rescue personnel on the Egyptian border, and Israel Air Force planes were scrambled.

Egypt closed the border with Israel, preventing Israeli rescue personnel from crossing, but re-opened it a short time later, allowing Israeli rescue workers to cross.

Israeli medics said they had been informed of "a large number of casualties."

The blast could be heard strongly about two kilometers from the hotel, said Selma Abu el-Dahab, who works at another Taba hotel. She said a worker from her hotel returned from the Hilton and told of the explosion before collapsing.

Many Israelis have visited Egypt over the past month, during the period of Jewish holidays. Last month, the defense establishment cautioned Israelis against traveling to Sinai, following warnings of a potential terrorist attack.


33 posted on 10/07/2004 2:16:25 PM PDT by priceofreedom (On A Roadmap To Hell)
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To: bushkerry2005

Of course, its the Jews being hit here.


34 posted on 10/07/2004 2:16:28 PM PDT by yonif ("So perish all Thine enemies, O the Lord" - Judges 5:31)
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23:11 Firefighters from Eilat arrive at the scene of blast in Taba; are battling flames at the Hilton hotel
23:08 Some people trapped under rubble after parts of Taba Hilton hotel collapse
23:07 Witness: The blast in Taba hotel appears to be a car bomb, parts of the vehicle are scattered in a 200 meter radius
23:05 Western annex of Hilton hotel in Taba collapses as a result of the blast
23:02 Witnesses: Explosion at Hilton hotel in Taba was in the hotel`s casino
22:59 First ambulances arrive at the scene of Taba blast; Israeli paramedics say are treating dozens of wounded people
22:58 Israeli security sources: There is growing conviction that the blast in Taba is a suicide attack
22:56 Witnesses: Egyptian rescue workers experiece difficulty in treating wounded
22:52 Egyptians allow Israeli rescue workers to cross border
22:47 Five lightly, two moderately wounded, are rushed to Yoseftal Medical Center in Eilat after blast in Taba
22:46 Israel-Egypt border closed; Egyptian officiols aren`t letting Israeli rescue worlers cross border
22:41 Israeli Witness: Taba hotel on fire; dozens of bodies lying on the floor
22:36 7 lightly wounded in Taba blast; are rushed to Yoseftal Medical Center in Eilat
22:33 Paramedics rush 10 wounded in explosion at Taba Hilton hotel to Eilat hospital
22:22 Al-Jazeera: Most of those wounded in blast at Hilton Hotel in Taba are Israelis
22:21 Ceiling collapses following explosion at Hilton Hotel in Taba; cause of blast still unclear
22:10 Explosion at Hilton Hotel in Taba, near Israel-Egypt border; injuries reported


35 posted on 10/07/2004 2:16:52 PM PDT by priceofreedom (On A Roadmap To Hell)
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To: yonif
The Egyptians have opened the boarder to Israeli emergency personnel.
36 posted on 10/07/2004 2:17:04 PM PDT by oldleft
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To: yonif

So Islamofascists are using "gas tanks" now?

Prayers for the well-being of all involved who fight the global terrorists.


37 posted on 10/07/2004 2:17:18 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (John Kerry is a GirlyManchurian Candidate.)
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To: yonif

Arab news is saying this is a Hamas attack (not confirmed).

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=69980


38 posted on 10/07/2004 2:18:04 PM PDT by Catspaw
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Western part of Hotel reported to have collapsed.

Eilat Fire Dept.: number of our units allowed to come battle fire at the Egyptian hotel and rescue trapped people. (IDF radio)


39 posted on 10/07/2004 2:18:09 PM PDT by yonif ("So perish all Thine enemies, O the Lord" - Judges 5:31)
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To: priceofreedom; Catspaw
Looks like the Kenya bombing...drove the car bomb into the lobby.

Cat your correct..

40 posted on 10/07/2004 2:18:39 PM PDT by Dog
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To: oldleft

For a limited number. 3 ambulances reported at last newsflash. However, Israelis on scene have not seen any Israeli medical forces.


41 posted on 10/07/2004 2:18:45 PM PDT by yonif ("So perish all Thine enemies, O the Lord" - Judges 5:31)
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To: yonif
Israeli on phone says Egypt doing almost nothing to rescue people.

Egyptians doing piss poor job aiding the injured. Reports of injured still laying on the ground at the hotel.

It sounds like quite disgraceful behavior, and I hope that verifiable reports of such outrageous actions will follow. Not that the MSM will pick it up, but it is important that the bad guys are recognized and remembered later. 

43 posted on 10/07/2004 2:18:50 PM PDT by Radix (What turns orange in Sept., is carved up in Oct., and is thrown out in Nov.?)
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To: oldleft
The Egyptians have opened the boarder to Israeli emergency personnel.

Hope after Isreal gets their citizens over safely they seal up the entire Egyptian border real tight for a long time.

44 posted on 10/07/2004 2:19:09 PM PDT by Semper Paratus
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Local time of blast occuring at 10PM.


45 posted on 10/07/2004 2:19:54 PM PDT by yonif ("So perish all Thine enemies, O the Lord" - Judges 5:31)
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Haaretz:

Rescue workers locate two conscious people who are trapped under the rubble; they`re trying to get them out


46 posted on 10/07/2004 2:20:30 PM PDT by yonif ("So perish all Thine enemies, O the Lord" - Judges 5:31)
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To: All

ZAKA is reporting tens of fatalities at the scene.

Arabic Radio reported that Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack. Conflicting reports point to either a car bomb or a suicide bomb attack.


47 posted on 10/07/2004 2:20:35 PM PDT by priceofreedom (On A Roadmap To Hell)
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Egyptians Hampering Rescue Efforts After Taba Hotel Bombing
23:18 Oct 07, '04 / 22 Tishrei 5765


ZAKA reports tens of fatalities and 16 injured have been brought to Eilat's Yoseftal Hospital.

Preliminary reports indicated that Israeli rescue personnel were not permitted to cross into Egypt at first to care for the dozens of wounded. Several lightly injured hotel guests made their way to the Israeli border by foot and were evacuated to Eilat's Yoseftal hospital.

According to Channel 1, Israeli rescue personnel was only permitted to cross the border after half and hour had past due to a call from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to Egyptian Prime Minister Hosni Mubarak.

IDF helicopters and members of the Homefront Command's Search and Rescue Unit are waiting at the Israeli border to evacuate the wounded but so far only MDA has been authorized to enter Egypt to treat those wounded in the blast.

"Eight victims with light injuries are being treated at Yoseftal hospital," Dr. Yaakov Hart told Channel 1 Television at 10:45 PM. "We prepared the hospital for an hour so far to receive those injured but for some reason they haven't yet arrived."

Magen David Adom emergency medical service Chief of Operations Yeruham Mandola said that there are “tens of wounded" still at the scene of the Taba Hilton explosion.

ZAKA is reporting tens of fatalities at the scene.

Arabic Radio reported that Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack. Conflicting reports point to either a car bomb or a suicide bomb attack.

According to a Reshet Bet News Radio report, interviewing an Israeli present outside the Taba Hilton, the damage from the blast is significant, adding the situation is one of general panic and hysteria. Many Israelis are reported in the hotel area, and there is a power outage, further hampering rescue efforts.

Despite several warnings to refrain from vacationing in Egypt, Israelis have flocked to hotels in Sinai during the past month's holidays.

The Foreign Ministry has declared a State of Emergency.


48 posted on 10/07/2004 2:21:28 PM PDT by yonif ("So perish all Thine enemies, O the Lord" - Judges 5:31)
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Egypt refusing to open border; Israel pressuring them to do so to aid evacuation of Israeli casualties (IDF Radio).


49 posted on 10/07/2004 2:21:57 PM PDT by yonif ("So perish all Thine enemies, O the Lord" - Judges 5:31)
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To: yonif

Still nothing on the news except scrawls.

Where's the cameras?


50 posted on 10/07/2004 2:22:08 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (John Kerry is a GirlyManchurian Candidate.)
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