has provided the following update: "Two American women tourists have been snatched by gunmen in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, according to Egyptian officials." />

Breaking news - Attack on tourists in Egypt

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Their small tour bus was attacked by masked men with machine guns while travelling with three other tourists from St Catherine's monastery on Mount Sinai to Sharm el-Sheikh.

The gunmen reportedly took money and valuables from the tourists before grabbing the tour guide and the two women, forcing them into a vehicle and driving into the mountains.

It is believed the women are being held ransom. According to Egyptian state television, police teams and a military plane are searching for the Americans."

We will of course keep you updated as to any new developments. If the news is correct, it highlights the growing tensions within Egypt and the struggle to keep order in an increasingly volatile country. However, up to now tourists have been affected considerably less than normal citizens. This may indicate a more indiscriminate approach to violence.

At present, the FCO continues to monitor the situation but advises "there are no travel restrictions. Marches have been called for the afternoon of 3 February, heading for the Ministry of Interior, Tahrir Square, and the Maspero area in Cairo. Widespread protests in Egypt on 2 February resulted in one death and over 400 people being injured in Cairo, and two deaths in the city of Suez. Protests followed violent clashes between rival football fans which left over 70 people dead and hundreds injured in Port Said on 1 February. "

Lauren Haas

Solicitor - Claims Abroad team 

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