World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt may install security cameras at tourist sites to deter armed groups from targeting visitors, the Interior Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, just hours after armed groups 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 in a war against terrorism," he said without elaborating.
The groups have targeted police and soldiers almost daily in the Sinai Peninsula since the armytoppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in early July.
The attacks are the most sustained since an insurgency that was crushed by then-President Hosni Mubarak in the 1990s, when gunmen killed tourists, government officials and policemen. A total of about 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.
Gunmen attacks have multiplied since the military ousted Mursi 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 in the 2012-13 fiscal year, compared with $11.6 billion in 2009-10.
The economy is expected to grow by 2.6 percent in the fiscal year ending June 2014, according to a Reuters poll this month, well below the 3.5 percent the government expects to achieve.
In several years preceding the 2011 uprising against Mubarak, the economy grew at about 7 percent annually.
Attacks by armed groups in the Sinai have killed more than 100 members of the security forces since early July, the army spokesman said on Sept. 15.Last Mod: 08 Ekim 2013, 16:11