The Governor of South Sinai, Major General Khaled Fouda, visited the Monastery of St. Catherine on Wednesday, accompanied by Major General Ahmed Taiel, director of security of South Sinai, and a number of security leaders. Archbishop Damianos, the Bishop of the Monastery, and other monks greeted the visitors.
Bishop Damianos stressed that the Monastery of St. Catherine remains open and tourism continues, and that he is unaware of cancellations of tourist trips. “We live in safety and feel safe in Egypt, more than any other country, such events will not affect us,” said the Bishop, and expressed dismay at some of the media exaggerations regarding the incident.
He added: “The attack was not located inside the monastery, but 2 km away from it”, and thanked President al-Sisi, the army, the police and the Bedouin of South Sina, “who live with us and who we live with.”
The Bishop called on the world to visit St. Catherine, wishing for the good of Egypt, and assured the security and safety of visitors. “I practice my worship to pray in complete freedom and with the support of the Egyptian state,” he said.
At the end of the visit, the Governor went to the “Morgan Land” hotel to visit tourists and reassure them that they are “in the protection of the state.”
The Governor and the Minister of the Interior offered sincere condolences to the family of the martyr, and wished the injured a speedy recovery, stressing that Egypt will not forget its sons who sacrificed their lives for the rest of Egypt.
Source (in Arabic): www.masrawy.com
Note by Discover Sinai: The South Sinai region and the town of St Catherine are one of the safest places in Egypt, the incident the article refers to was a rare, unexpected and isolated event. It was a shooting attack at one of the check-points before town, which the security forces repelled right away, and with the help of the local Bedouin managed to catch the fleeing perpetrator in a short time. Unfortunately in the attack a policeman died and another three got injuried. This incident shows that the Bedouin stand up against terrorism and work with the authorities to protect their tribal lands, and surely they will be more vigilant after this. Our condolences to the affected, and congratulations to the authorities and the Bedouin!