Photo Credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash90
The Taba border crossing (archival image).

A tourist bus standing about 50 meters south of the Taba border crossing between Israel and Egypt, on the Egyptian side, exploded Sunday afternoon. Israeli EMT ambulances from the nearby city of Eilat have rushed to the scene of the explosion, which was initially declared by MDA to be a mass casualty event.

Al Ahram quotes Security sources who say that 4 Korean tourists are dead and at least 14 others injured (down from an originally estimated 27 injured), of different nationalities, who were on the bus when it exploded. There were 30 tourists on the bus.

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This number killed has now been updated to 5 confirmed dead, which includes the Egyptian driver,

The bus was on its way to Israel at the time, after visiting St. Catherine’s monastery in the Sinai.

There are conflicting reports if the tourist bus was hit by a missile or if a bomb was planted in the front of the bus. The governor of Southern Sinai Khaled Fouda said he suspects there was a bomb at the front of the bus, but he stresses he can’t be sure.

The Israeli police released a statement that there were no Israelis on the bus. The IDF said that the Egyptians are handling the rescue operation.

Egypt has been fighting Islamic Jihad and al Qaeda related terrorists in the Sinai.

Al Ahram describes a pattern of bombings and assassination attempts that has been growing since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July. Morsin is currently on trial in Egypt for espionage and assisting Islamic terrorists commit terror attacks against Egypt.

In 2004, a bomb blast at a Hilton Hotel in Taba killed 31 people.

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37 COMMENTS

  1. Unfortunately there will be no end to these attacks until it is realized that Sisi must be supported in every way to rid Egypt of the extremist Islamist curse no matter what. Algeria has kept the threat at bay, if not entirely eliminated, for decades. It can be done.

  2. Ricardo San Miron You, sir, need to grow up. You could not even spell "too" correctly in the fictitious place of employment taken from the title of a Duran Duran single. Although I do not agree completely with the sentiments to which you saw fit to add your wisdom, surely you could summon up something a little more on topic.

  3. Gil Gilman .. relax.. I have no idea who is Duran Duran, to much info means just that.., I think it is funny when people bring Obama in the picture for no reason, about politics in the middle east, I fully support Israel as a nation and yes I am retired myself..have a nice day..wherever you are.

  4. Brian, you are so right. You know why mainstream media won't see through the muslim? Because they don't want to. They are pro-arab, and anti-Israel. He was voted in under Affirmative Action, not because he was the right, qualified man for the job. He hates everything great about America and wants to destroy the great and demean us and minimize our importance in the world arena.

  5. Brian, you are so right. You know why mainstream media won't see through the muslim? Because they don't want to. They are pro-arab, and anti-Israel. He was voted in under Affirmative Action, not because he was the right, qualified man for the job. He hates everything great about America and wants to destroy the great and demean us and minimize our importance in the world arena.

  6. perhaps it is you who are are extremely foolish! Obama does not, has not and is not a supporter of the Muslim brotherhood. The elections were held and the brothehood won. No matter how distasteful that is , they were the duly elected and had to be negotiated with. It took a while, but they were thrown out.

  7. Irena Davidi Gibson you cannot be that ignorant and stupid that you really believe that the media is pro arab and anti Israel. If you believe he hates everything great about America you need to check yourself into a good insane asylum and the sooner the better before you hurt yourself!

  8. Irena Davidi Gibson You are the ignorant Liar. Your insistence that President Obama is a Muslim speaks volumes of your hatred. I am waiting for you to speak the truth because you would not know it if you fell over it. He is NOT A SUPPORTER OF RADICAL ISLAM and just because he does agree with you, does not make you correct. Again you seem to be ignorant of the facts and now everyone else knows it!

  9. Ricardo San Miron this is a political issue. Obama's support for the MB and other Islamist is in large part fueling the efforts to eradicate Israel, emboldening terrorists to attack Israeli civilians, and create a world Caliphate with Sharia rule. Obama's support for Morsi and the MB is why Egypt is seeking ties with Russia. Obama's involvement in Middle Eastern events are very evident. Too bad he is on the wrong side of things.

  10. Ricardo San Miron Enjoy your retirement! The fact is that obama has shaped all of the middle east with his policy of bringing down all the stabilizing leaders and trying to replace them with the muslim brotherhood. All of which endangers Israel. Not to mention his pushing Israel to commit national suicide with the phony peace process. So, no one is putting obama anywhere for no reason! Got it!

  11. Ricardo San Miron Obama's politics are very much involved and are emboldening those who want to eradicate Israel and eventually create a World Caliphate. Obama's support of Morsi and the MB is why Egypt is now seeking closer ties with Russia. It is Obama administration's bungling policies that are enabling Iran to become a nuclear power and threaten the whole Middle East. It is apparent that Obama is and has been on the wrong side.

  12. WHERE IS G-D?
    WE MUST ALL PRAY TO AND BEG G-D TO STOP THE TERRORISTS AND TO BRING REAL PEACE TO OUR BELOVED JEWISH STATE OF ISRAEL.
    JERUSALEM MUST NEVER BE DIVIDED
    G-D GAVE THE ENTIRE LAND TO THE JEWS WITH JERUSALEM AS THE CAPITAL.

    i PRAY THAT GOD WILL STRIKE THOSE WHO ARE TRYING TO DESTROY ISRAEL

    BARUCH HASHEM G-D BLESS ISRAEL AND ALL HER RESIDENTS.

  13. Vladimir Val Cymbal When did UCLA open up a school for terrorist liars? Where did you learn the garbage that you are saying? You need to stop being a bigot and need to know that you are wrong. Just because you think Obama is wrong does not make you right and Vladmir Val Cymbal you are indeed 100% incorrect in your thoughts.

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