CAIRO: Egypt’s Minister of Justice Ahmed el-Zind is heading Friday to Sharm el-Sheikh to launch the “Judges Supporting Internal Tourism” Campaign in the Red Sea resort city, reported Youm7.
The judge’s initiative is part of a national campaign that kicked off, aiming to encourage tourists to visit Sharm el-Sheikh, following the imposition of travel bans decreed by several countries to the city after a Russian plane crashed over the Sinai Peninsula two weeks ago, killing all 224 on board.
Some 350 Egyptian judges are escorting Zind in the first flight in the initiative, which is expected to be followed by weekly flights organized by Egypt’s Judges’ Club to other governorates including: Luxor and Aswan.
On Oct. 31, all 224 passengers aboard of Russian Metrojet Flight 9268 were killed, after their plane crashed in a center Sinai village 23 minutes after it departed Sharm el-Sheikh Airport. A committee was assigned to investigate the cause of the crash, including Egyptian and foreign experts.
Scenarios of a bomb attack as the cause of the crisis, despite supported by western intelligence, have been rejected by the head of the committee pending the end of the investigations, which are expected to take months.
At the meantime, some of the banning countries are evacuating their nationals from the city, while news reports referring to hundreds of holidaymakers are still heading to the resort.
Initiatives calling on Egyptians to visit Sharm el-Sheikh surfaced, urging families who can afford travel expenses to head to the South Sinai city.
Additional reporting by Nourhan Magdi