brussels - For safety reasons, the Belgian airline Brussels Airlines will not fly to the Egyptian resort of Sharm al-Sheikh. Tour operator Thomas Cook has therefore offered about a thousand travelers to reimburse travel expenses or to offer a different holiday trip. According to the holiday giant, a new security situation has arisen.
Press agency Belga reported on Thursday that the tour operator TUI does not agree with this. A spokesman for the Belgian branch of the company disputes that there is a new security situation and that TUI continues to offer travel to Sharm al-Sheikh. The Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been advising trips to the southern Sinai for some time 'with the exception of the hotel zone of Sharm al-Sheikh. '
The peninsula of Sinai has long been plagued by violent clashes between Bedouins and security forces and since about eight years also by the violence of Sunni extremists who claim to be of Islamic State. At the end of October 2015, an airplane with Russian tourists after having taken off in Sharm al-Sheikh exploded or was knocked down by terrorists.
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