Hotel equipment where British tourists died is safe: Egyptian prosecutor

The company said it was unclear what had caused the deaths on Tuesday of the Britons, named by Egyptian authorities as 69-year-old John and Susan Cooper, 63, from the town of Burnley in northern England. (AFP)
Updated 25 August 2018
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Hotel equipment where British tourists died is safe: Egyptian prosecutor

  • Egyptian officials said on Friday that both deaths were from heart failure, but the public prosecutor said the cause was still not yet clear
  • The deaths come as Egypt is trying to revive tourism

CAIRO: The air conditioning system at a hotel where a British couple died in unknown circumstances while on holiday in Egypt is sound, the public prosecutor said on Saturday, citing a report by engineering experts.
The prosecutor’s office said it was still waiting for a medical report to determine what caused the death of John and Susan Cooper who passed away hours apart on Tuesday while staying at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel in Egypt’s popular Red Sea resort of Hurghada.
Britain’s Thomas Cook, which organized the trip, said on Friday it had received further reports of illness among guests at the hotel, without elaborating.
The hotel said on Friday that there had not been a rise in cases of illness.
In a statement, the Egyptian public prosecutor said that engineers assigned to check the room where the deceased couple had been staying concluded that “all equipment was sound and that there was no leakage or emission of any poisonous or harmful gases.”
“All equipment was working properly and had no faults,” it added.
But the statement said the prosecution was still awaiting the results of a forensic analysis of samples taken from the couple, and promised to issue a detailed report.
Egyptian officials said on Friday that both deaths were from heart failure, but the public prosecutor said the cause was still not yet clear.
The deaths come as Egypt is trying to revive tourism, a crucial source of income, while the economy is still struggling from the years of turmoil that followed a 2011 popular uprising.


Israeli police arrest 19 Palestinians at Jerusalem holy site

Updated 20 February 2019
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Israeli police arrest 19 Palestinians at Jerusalem holy site

JERUSALEM: Israeli police say they have arrested 19 Palestinians as clashes broke out at a contested Jerusalem holy site.
Police say dozens of Palestinians participated in a prayer protest Tuesday, attempting to breach a section of the compound that has been closed by Israeli court order for years.
Palestinian medics reported that several protesters were injured in the standoff.
The incident follows a similar scuffle on Monday in which Palestinians tried to break the gate that Israel placed on the closed area last week.
The compound, revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, is considered the holiest place in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam.
Any trace of Israeli security interference in the shrine, home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, can ignite violence.