UK delegation visits South Sinai to witness protection procedures
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CAIRO: A British security delegation visited South Sinai Wednesday to witness the level of security services, inspecting fixed, mobile and secretive checkpoints, and explosives-detection devices, Youm7 reported.

The delegation was received by Governor of South Sinai General Magdy Moussa and a number of security chiefs. The security director presented the protection plan to the delegation to secure tourists from the moment of arrival to departure, as well as updates that periodically modify security preparations.

The northeastern part of North Sinai has been plagued by violence, with dozens of attacks of the past two years; some of which were wide-scale and claimed the lives of hundreds of soldiers.

In the largely stable southern part of the peninsula, a bomb exploded under a tour bus in Taba in February 2014, killing three South Koreans and their Egyptian driver.

The U.K. advises its citizens against traveling to North Sinai, and to consider only essential travel to South Sinai, except Sharm el-Sheikh, and advises essential travels only to the area west of the Nile Valley, excluding the Mediterranean coast to the north. Cairo, the entire Red Sea coast and tourist areas along the Nile are not advised against by the U.K.

Over 900,000 British citizens travel to Egypt yearly, and “[m]ost visits are trouble-free,” according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Additional reporting by Faiza Mersal

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