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Last Updated: Friday, 8 October, 2004, 09:30 GMT 10:30 UK
Eyewitness: Egypt explosions
People who were at the scene of the Red sea resort blasts describe what they heard and saw:


Charlie Meade, a British citizen staying at the Taba Hilton hotel

"We were in the restaurant round about 9 o'clock when the explosion went off, and all the windows in the whole hotel blew in, including in the restaurant.

"There were quite a lot of injuries from glass flying around, and then over the next two hours, we met up with various people who had been at the hotel, who we'd been with for most of the week and met.

"There were a lot of Russian tourists there - over 400 Russian tourists there, and a lot of other nationals - a few British people.

"And as it unfolded, and we got to see what was going on, what we realised was that the whole of the front of the hotel had blown out, so there were four rooms across the front of the hotel from floors one to ten, so that's 40 rooms in all, and they'd just collapsed completely into the front of the hotel."


Liron, guest at Taba Hilton hotel

"There was a terrible explosion. In a matter of seconds everything had collapsed, it was awful. Half of the hotel fell in. People were screaming, everyone was hysterical."


Ronit Levi, guest at Taba Hilton hotel

"There were a lot of people on the ground. We couldn't tell in the chaos if they were dead or not. It was mayhem."

I was in the casino when it happened. There was a massive explosion and the left wall came down
Yigal Vakni
Witness

"We were staying at the Taba Hilton. It was approximately 9:30, I was closing my doors, and suddenly felt this incredibly shudder and incredible dust and everything, and the ceiling, well it didn't come down, but the whole room was disarranged. Everyone was screaming."


Frajun, guest at the Taba Hilton hotel

"Everything was filled with smoke. We were hysterically looking for the child. In the end we found him sitting outside with an Arab guest of the hotel."


Yigal Vakni, guest at the Taba Hilton hotel

"I was in the casino when it happened. There was a massive explosion and the left wall came down. The whole front of the hotel has collapsed. There are dozens of people on the floor, lots of blood.


Ana Usbitski, on holiday at Ras al-Shitan near Nuweiba

"It was a nightmare. We saw a flame shoot into the sky and then a mushroom cloud. We all panicked,"



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