Two Egypt hotels shut down over alleged rape of British tourist


Two hotels in Egypt's Sharm el Sheik have had their licences revoked following the alleged rape of a British tourist last week.

The Egyptian Tourist Authority (ETA) issued a statement this week saying the five-star Hilton Sharks Bay Resort and the Sharm Holiday Resort had their licences suspended while investigations take place.

The British businesswoman said she was attacked by a hotel security guard at a top hotel in the Red Sea resort.

According to the Daily Mail, the guard had been escorting the woman, who was alone, back to her luxury five-star hotel when he allegedly pulled her into her bedroom and carried out the attack.

She has since flown home and Hampshire police have confirmed it is assisting with the investigation.

Omayma El Husseini, the ETA's UK director, told the Daily Telegraph: "Further to the recent rape allegation made by a British businesswoman in Sharm el Sheikh, the Ministry of Tourism is working closely with the local police and British authorities to thoroughly investigate the matter.

"Both the Hilton Sharks Bay Resort and Sharm Holiday Resort Hotel have had their licences suspended while the investigation takes place, and while the authorities look to apprehend the security guard accused of the attack."

The news comes just a day after a Sharm El Sheikh policeman was this week also charged with attempted rape after allegedly entering the hotel room of a Russian tourist.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has warned British tourists about a rise in crime in Egypt hotels since the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011.

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