Fear Campaign to Stop Russians Flying to Egypt?

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By Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

12th January, 2016

Egyptian newspaper ‘Al-Masry Al-Youm‘ has published a piece (featured below) which states that the group who attacked a hotel in Hurghada on January the 8th was seeking to attack Russian tourists. The sources are not named.

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The nature of this piece has propaganda undertones, trying to permanently stop Russians from flying to Egypt. Analyst Yury Barmin noted:


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Translated by Sufyan Jan for Fort Russ

Al-Masry Al-Youm

Second attacker in Hurghada: I met my accomplice through Al-Zamalek Ultras football fan club 

Investigations led by the Supreme State prosecutor’s office revealed during an interrogation with the injured attacker, who assaulted three foreign tourists in the Bella Vista Resort Hurghada in the afternoon of last Friday, of an unexpected revelation, during his confessions to the Prosecutors office, in the presence of his lawyer.

The accused confirmed that he and his friend, who was killed during a standoff with security forces, have visited Hurghada a few days prior to the incident, they subsequently left Hurghada and returned last Friday, using public buses as their medium of transportation. On their arrival to Hurghada last Friday, they rented an apartment in the Sheraton bay area, and started their search for foreigners in a supermarket, failing to find any they kept roving around the city until they located foreigners in the Bella Vista Resort across the street. 

The attacker explained that the reason for choosing Hurghada as a location for their attack, was their failure to leave Egypt and join a Jihadi organization, the attackers met each other through Al-Zamalek football club Ultras, and that they were part of the lonely wolves gang, that was associated with the aforementioned online group. The attacker goes on to explain that they were exclusively targeting Russian foreigners, because of Russia’s aerial strikes in Syria.

The prosecutor’s office will be looking to transport the accused to prison to spend the remand period by leave of his doctors.

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