July 22, 2005

Explosions in Egypt Red Sea resorts-residents

CAIRO (Reuters) - A large explosion shook the Egyptian Red
Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday and two other
explosions followed later, apparently from the nearby resort of
Naama Bay, a resident said.

The first explosion, shortly after one a.m., was audible
more than one km (half a mile) away, he said. It started a fire
and smoke billowed over the town.

About 15 minutes later, two explosions were audible from
the direction of Naama Bay, about six km (four miles) away, he
said. Naama Bay has dozens of luxury hotels popular with divers
and holidaymakers from Europe.

Another resident said one of the explosions came from the
direction of the Moevenpick Hotel in Naama Bay and broke the
windows of his apartment.