Despite recent terrorist activity in Egypt's Sinai area, local authorities are appealing to tourists by attempting to reassure potential travellers about safety in tourist hotspots like the Red Sea and the Nile Valley. On 5 August, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) reported that over 20 members of the local police force were killed. Although the origin of the attacks is still to be defined, terrorist activity is suspected. As a result the FCO has amended its travel advice and advises against all but essential travel to the Northern Sinai but there are no warnings in place for areas that are popular with tourists. Local authorities have confirmed that tourist hotspots below the Sinai, such as the well-known Red Sea resorts, Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada and El Ghouna are still safe.
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