I was wondering when someone would ask about this...
You have no need to worry. It is all very sad what is happening in Palestine, we in Egypt are always amazed at what the Israeli goverment does and gets away with, no other "country" in the world would be allowed to do it.
My own feelings and those of the people I have talked to (my colleagues at work), feel that it was right to let the people through to buy supplies and to return home. President Mubarak would have been very unpopular here (he is already not popular), if he had done anything else.
It is a very difficult subject - but whatever happens in the coming period, it will not have any real effect on the other parts of Egypt, all major cities are far from the border with Gaza (this is a huge country).
I hope that you accept my assurance of this.
This temporary boom in tourism is limited to the Gaza border area and it presents absolutely no problems whatsoever in Cairo, the rest of Sinai or the rest of Egypt.
I am sure that people all over the world as well as here feel sorry for the plight of the Palestinians who have been living under such terribly inhumane conditions.
Three cheers for Egypt, I say.
It doesn't seem scary to me. These people are starving and just need basic living supplies, and are returning back over the border. They are desperate. Who among us wouldn't do the same for our families?
You are right, we would all do the same for our own famillies, it is inhuman what they are doing and this is all too obvious for anyone to see.
I am never political, but do not think that such a thing would be allowed to happen to any people in the world except the Palestinians, sad but true.
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The poster did ask for people living in Egypt to respond to this thread and they asked for personal feelings. Cairowendy answered as she is living in the country and so is able to supply the answers that the poster wanted.
Any traveller that is concerned would also probably be looking at government websites - but this wouldn't give the personal angle of what is happening on the ground today and how life may be affected and how a holiday may be affected.
hi there iv been conserened about all this that it going on aswell.we stayed in sharm last year and loved egypt so we trying taba height this sept.Im hoping that it is still going to be safe i dont want to be going anywhere were there could be terrorists or anything.It doesnt sound like much els is happening at the moment just hope it all gets sorted out soon for them all and especially for piece of mind to people that are going holiday.Plus taba heights is on the border which is the gateway to jerusalm and isreal so really hope it gets sorted out.
Is egypt travel writer and 846865 the same poster???