Cairo, Egypt |  After a relatively quiet year-end, violence reignited in Egypt. Today, three European tourists (two Austrians and a Swedish national) were attacked in the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada.  Three attackers used knives and possibly guns to attack tourists who were staying in the Bella Vista hotel in the center of the city. One attacker was killed, the other injured.  This is another attack following masked gunmen opening fire on a tourist bus near the Giza pyramids. The attacks against tourists may be coordinated in an effort to further undermine the Egyptian tourism industry. Elsewhere, three alleged terrorists were killed by police Thursday after they assaulted the head of Zagazig University.  This increase in violence near tourist areas is taking place while the Egyptian military expands its offensive in the North Sinai region.  An army spokesperson said the army killed 32 insurgents over the past days.

 

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