Cairo - Egypt may instal security cameras
at tourist sites to deter militants from targeting visitors, the
Interior Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, just hours after suspected
Islamists mounted another fatal attack on police.
There's a security plan in place in tourist areas that will
maintain stability in these areas and there is complete coordination,’’
said the spokesman, Hany Abdel Latif.
"We expected all these problems because we are at war against terrorism,’’ he said without elaborating.
Al Qaeda-inspired militants have targeted police and soldiers almost
daily in the Sinai Peninsula since the army toppled Islamist President
Mohamed Morsi in early July.
The attacks are the most sustained since an Islamist insurgency that
was crushed by then President Hosni Mubarak in the 1990s, when militants
killed tourists, government officials and policemen.
A total of 1,200 people died on both sides.
Gunmen killed a police officer and wounded another in the Suez Canal city of Port Said on Tuesday, security sources said.
The police were guarding a customs office south of the city.
Political turmoil and bouts of violence have hammered the tourism
industry, a traditional pillar of Egypt's economy and a main source of
foreign currency, since Mubarak's fall in 2011.
Militant attacks have multiplied since the military ousted Morsi on
July 3, raising concerns in the West that it is no longer safe to visit
Egypt's pyramids, bazaars and beaches.
Tourism earned Egypt 9.75 billion dollars in the 2012 to 2013 fiscal year, compared with 11.6 billion dollars in 2009 to 2010.
The economy is expected to grow by 2.6 per cent in the fiscal year
ending June 2014, according to a Reuters poll this month, well below the
3.5 per cent growth the government expects to achieve.
In several years preceding the 2011 uprising against Mubarak, the economy grew at about seven per cent annually.
Attacks by militants in the Sinai have killed more than 100 members
of the security forces since early July, the army spokesman said on
Security forces killed hundreds of pro-Morsi protesters in Cairo in
August and then arrested many of the Brotherhood's top leaders in an
attempt to cripple the movement.
Though the Brotherhood, which renounced violence decades ago, has
been weakened, Islamist groups which sympathise with it show no signs of
giving up protests against Morsi's ouster.
With Egypt's oldest and best organised Islamist movement now
effectively excluded from mainstream politics, the stage may been set
for an Islamist insurgency to take hold beyond the Sinai, a stronghold
for militants which is near the border with Israel.
On Monday, suspected militants killed six Egyptian soldiers near the
Suez Canal, a global trade lane, and fired rocket-propelled grenades at a
state satellite station in Cairo.