Turkey issues travel alert for Sharm al Sheikh over “security concerns”
British tourists leave after finishing their holidays, at the airport of the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

CAIRO: Turkey has issued a travel warning to Egypt’s Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh Thursday in the wake of the Russian plane crash, Al Ahram reported.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it advises against “all but essential travel to Sharm al Sheikh,” and urged its nationals “to consider the risks in Sinai Peninsula.”

Following the Russian plane crash that killed 224 passengers and crew, swift decisions were taken by a number of countries including Germany, Russia, France and the UK to evacuate their tourists from the resort town, after reports that a bomb may have been the cause.

On Nov. 5, Turkish Airlines had canceled flights to and from Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh.

Russia and the UK suspended flights to and from Sharm al Sheikh while several European countries have issued travel advise warning their nationals from traveling to the Red Sea and Sinai Peninsula areas.

Hotel occupancy rates in Sharm al Sheikh Resort plunged to 20 percent following the crash, former chairman of hotels chamber in South Sinai, Hussein Fawzy told Youm7 Thursday.

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