US embassy prohibits staff from traveling to Sinai
The Egyptian army secures the crash site of a Russian plane in the Sinai - Youm7

CAIRO: The U.S. embassy in Cairo has ordered that all of its staff refrain from traveling to the Sinai peninsula pending the results of a plane that crashed Saturday morning, it announced Monday on its website.

A total of 224 passengers and crew were killed after a Russian plane crashed; the flight went off the radar 23 minutes after take-off from Sharm el-Sheikh.

Early claims that the Islamic State group-affiliated militants were responsible for the crash were dismissed by Cairo, which said the flight would have been too high to be targeted by a weapon.

An international team of experts have come to Sinai to examine the crash site.

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