SHARM EL-SHEIKH, 12 February 2021 – Egyptian officials have completed a concrete and barb wire fence around the Sharm el-Sheikh resort to protect tourists from attacks, reports show.
The resort – the most famous tourist in south Sinai and on the Red Sea – has been completely surrounded by a wire fence.
The fence extends over some concrete columns, 36 kilometers (22 miles) long and 6 meters (20 feet) high, the governor of the south Sinai Peninsula Khaled Fouda said in a statement earlier this week.
The statement added that the wall is in place to ensure the security and protection of tourists and residents of Sharm el-Sheikh.
In November last year, news reports suggested that Egyptian authorities were planning to build a seven-meter-high (23-feet-high) steel wall around the new administrative capital.
Cairo denied the story, calling it a rumor.
Some Egyptian citizens, residents and workers in Sharm el-Sheikh, as well as social media activists, have reacted angrily to the setting up of the fence.
Many posts and TV reports by channels affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which considered that the wall consecrates the racial separation between the people of Sinai, especially the poor, and the tourist resort, say that the state is seeking to use the wall for the advantage of certain groups of Egyptian society and foreigners.
The wall idea was first discussed within the Egyptian government in 2005 following a series of bomb attacks on 23 July 2005 in which 88 people were killed.