Third tourist dies at Egyptian Red Sea resort in banana boat incident

This is the third time a British tourist has died at the resort. (AFP)
Updated 03 September 2018
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Third tourist dies at Egyptian Red Sea resort in banana boat incident

  • This is the third British death at the Egyptian resort in the last week
  • An investigation has been launched by the British holiday giant Thomas Cook

DUBAI: A British tourist has died when the banana boat she was riding flipped over at the Red Sea resort, Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel, the same venue where a couple died last month, London daily Evening Standard reported.

An unnamed witness, who was on the same boat, said people were thrown off the inflatable when it flipped over, leaving one woman trapped underneath the report added.

“I could hear the woman’s daughter wailing as she knew there was something seriously wrong with her mom,” he said.

The victim, said to be in her 50s, was pulled out from the water and attempts were made to revive her.

The woman’s death comes just days after British couple, John and Susan Cooper died of “unknown causes” at the same hotel, after which Thomas Cook relocated 300 guests.

A Thomas Cook spokesman confirmed the latest fatality.

"We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and our welfare team to continue to do all they can to support them at this time,” the spokesman added.

The spokesman said the incidents were under investigation.

He added: “The safety of our customers is our priority. We’d never send customers to a hotel we don’t believe to be safe.”


8 EU countries urge Israel to reconsider village demolition

It rebuked the Israeli High Court’s Sept. 5 decision to demolish the desert community. (AP)
Updated 21 September 2018
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8 EU countries urge Israel to reconsider village demolition

  • The eight countries are France, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany and Italy

UNITED NATIONS: Eight European Union nations are underlining their opposition to Israel’s planned demolition of the Palestinian village of Khan Al-Ahmar and are urging its government to reconsider the decision.
The statement was read by Dutch Ambassador Karel Van Oosterom outside the UN Security Council on Thursday. It rebuked the Israeli High Court’s Sept. 5 decision to demolish the desert community.
The eight countries are France, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany and Italy. They say in the statement that they “will not give up on a negotiated two-state solution with Jerusalem as a capital” of both Israel and a new Palestinian state.
That was an implicit slap at US President Donald Trump’s declaration in December that contested Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.