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Sharm Airport Chief Promoted After Russian Plane Crash


Egypt has promoted the airport chief at Sharm al-Sheikh days after a Russian plane that took off from the Red Sea resort crashed in a disaster that killed all aboard and was claimed by Islamist militants.

Britain said on Thursday there was a significant possibility that a group affiliated with Islamic State, which operates in the Sinai Peninsula where the plane went down, was behind a suspected bomb attack that killed 224 people.

The comments have focused attention on security at the airport in Sharm al-Sheikh, a resort popular with British, Russian and other European holidaymakers seeking winter sun. Egypt’s civil aviation minister said on Thursday that his country adheres to international safety and security standards and there was no evidence a blast had brought down the plane.

“The investigation team does not have yet any evidence or data confirming this hypothesis,” Hossam Kamal said in a statement.

At Sharm al-Sheikh airport, security appeared to have been tightened on Thursday with security forces patrolling the terminals and not allowing drivers, tour agents or others to loiter whilst awaiting tourists arrivals, a witness said.

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