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Egypt Travel Warning For British Holidaymakers
Hundreds of UK holidaymakers could be affected after the Foreign Office advised Britons against travelling to parts of Egypt.
It follows an attack on a tourist bus in Taba, South Sinai, on Sunday. Four people were killed.
The resorts affected by the FCO warning are Taba and Dahab, according to a spokesman for ABTA.
Sean Tipton told Sky News that people travelling to those areas in the next few days are advised to check with their ABTA tour operator.
He said they had three options - deferring the date of travel, travel to another resort in Egypt or another country, or get a full refund.
He said people who have not travelled on package deals, and therefore booked flights and accommodation separately, should contact the airline first.
He said the airlines do not have to give them their money back, and if customers cancel accommodation they may be charged a fee.
Mr Tipton pointed out that the vast majority of Britons travel to the Sharm el Sheikh areas of Egypt which have not be affected by the Foreign Office warning.
The FCO has updated its travel advice for the region, warning tourists against all but essential visits to the South Sinai.
In the Sharm el Sheikh resort areas, enhanced security measures are in place to protect visitors.
Routine security checks are in operation at Sharm el Sheikh international airport and checkpoints are in place throughout the region.
The FCO continues to warn travellers not to visit the volatile North Sinai Governorate.
At the weekend, a suicide bomber attacked a tourist bus in Taba, close to the Israeli border at Eilat.
Three tourists and an Egyptian bus driver were killed in the attack.
"We believe there is a high threat from terrorism and terrorists continue to plan attacks," the FCO said in its advice.
"Attacks could be indiscriminate and occur without prior warning. Terrorists could target protesters and the Egyptian authorities.
"Attacks targeting foreigners cannot be ruled out. Attacks have mainly been aimed at the security forces, their facilities and other government buildings. You should take great care near these buildings."
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