One Czech killed in Red Sea resort bombings

23-07-2005

One Czech national has died and one other has been injured in the explosions in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh that killed at least 88 people on Saturday. A Czech Airlines special has been sent to Egypt with medical personnel and a psychologist onboard.

The plane is due to return to Prague on Saturday night and can bring back up to 160 Czech tourists who decide to cut short their stay in Egypt. According to estimates, there are between 1,500 and 2,000 Czech holidaymakers in the area, staying in about 40 different hotels.

President Vaclav Klaus has condemned the terrorist attack in Egypt. In a telegram sent to the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, President Klaus said this bloody and cowardly act proves that terrorism is one the most dangerous phenomena our civilisation is facing. Foreign Minister Cyril Svoboda has called on Czech citizens to avoid travelling to Egypt in the immediate future.