Egypt: Sisi says October 31 Russian plane crash caused by militant forces

Published February 24th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Egyptian Military members approach a plane's tail at the wreckage of a passenger jet bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt, on Sunday. (YouTube)
Egyptian Military members approach a plane's tail at the wreckage of a passenger jet bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt, on Sunday. (YouTube)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced on Wednesday that the Russian plane crash in Sinai of October 31, 2015 was brought down by extremists in an attempt to harm Egypt's tourism industry and the country's relations with Russia.

"Has terrorism ended, no it has not but it will if we unite. Whoever downed the Russian plane, what did he mean? He meant to hit tourism, and to hit relations with Russia," Sisi said in a speech on television.

The comments were the first official statement by the Egyptian government that indicated the plane was deliberately downed.

Russia suspended all commercial flights to Egypt, a destination popular with Russian tourists, after a Russian flight crashed in Sinai on October 31 killing all 224 people on board.

Moscow claimed an explosive caused the plane to crash while Daesh said it smuggled the bomb onboard by concealing it in a soft drink can. However the Egyptian-led investigation had previously stated they had yet to find conclusive evidence of foul play

The official Egyptian confirmation that the crash of the Airbus A321 was caused by a bomb could potentially expose Egypt to pay compensation to the victims' families.


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