Tourism Ministry creates operations room to monitor Giza hotel attack
A police personnel standing in front of an affected hotel door, in Giza after being attacked Jan.7, 2016- Youm7/Hassan Mohamed
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CAIRO: An operations room has been set up at the Tourism Ministry to follow up a Giza hotel attack that took place early Thursday morning, according to a statement by the Ministry.

Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou ordered the department of hotels and tourist facilities to re-assure safety of tourists and workers at the hotel after the shooting.

Around 15 people, who were gathering near the Barcelo Cairo Pyramids Hotel in Haram St., fired shots and hurled flares at the hotel guards, according to the Interior Ministry.

The attack resulted in damages to the hotel’s façade and to the windows of a tourist bus that happened to be standing in front of the hotel at the time of the shooting. The bus was reportedly carrying Arab Israeli tourists.

Damaged facade of a Giza hotel, which was attacked Jan.7, 2016 - Youm7/Hassan Mohamed

Damaged facade of a Giza hotel, which was attacked Jan.7, 2016 – Youm7/Hassan Mohamed

 

Smashed windows of a tourist bus standing outside a Giza hotel, which was attacked Jan.7, 2016 - Youm7/Hassan Mohamed

Smashed windows of a tourist bus standing outside a Giza hotel, which was attacked Jan.7, 2016 – Youm7/Hassan Mohamed

 

Damaged facade of a Giza hotel, which was attacked Jan.7, 2016 - Youm7/Hassan Mohamed

Damaged facade of a Giza hotel, which was attacked Jan.7, 2016 – Youm7/Hassan Mohamed

 

Authorities confirmed no casualties resulted from the attack. Surveillance cameras at the site were seized by investigative authorities.

One of the attackers was arrested and a police hunt has been launched to arrest the rest of them, after security sources were quoted as stating the perpetrators were identified.

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