Egypt Counters US Claim of “Lack of Security” at Pyramids
The US State Department has issued travel advisories to US Citizens to take extra precautions when traveling to Egypt to view the great pyramids due to reduced police and security presence there in the wake of the country’s revolution and ongoing turmoil.
The U.S. embassy on Friday urged its nationals to “elevate their situational awareness when traveling to the Pyramids, avoid any late evening or night travel, utilize a recommended or trusted guide and closely guard valuables,” saying the embassy is “aware of increasing number of incidents at or near the Pyramids Plateau area.”
Now, Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities, not wanting to see vital tourism revenue decline, has criticized the US State Department’s warning and stated that overall security at the pyramids has improved in the city of Giza where the structures reside. It is not certain yet how these assurances will assuage the concerns of travelers who naturally react with fear over the thought of angry street protesters surrounding their vehicles and attempting to open the car doors.
Egypt has called the concerns the US has raised as being “baseless”. In all fairness, Egyptian security has been improving. However, it is not known if the security afforded visitors reaches what Egypt has described as “totally secure”.
Antiquities Minister Ahmed Eissa said the embassy issued the warning without any trustworthy evidence that the area is insecure.
It should be noted that the State Department did not advise against travel to Egypt, but rather increased precautions such as avoid being out late and begin accompanied by a trusted tour guide. Tourism in Egypt has increased by ten percent year-to-date.
“On the contrary, the visitors of the Pyramids increased by 10 percent in May 2013 compared with the same period last year, which reflects security improvement and stability in Egypt,” he said.
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