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Egyptian bombs
Debris seen near the Old Market following an explosion in Sharm al-Sheikh
Have you been affected by Saturday's bomb attacks in the Egyptian resort of Sharm al-Sheikh?

Egyptian police are hunting for six Pakistani nationals in connection with the triple bombing at Sharm al-Sheikh.

The suspects were staying at a hotel in the resort and had left their passports at the reception, police said. Their photographs have been widely distributed.

Police have questioned more than 70 people over the bombings, which killed several people and injured many more.

Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has visited the sites of the attacks and vowed to continue the "battle with terrorism".

Where you in Sharm al-Sheikh at the time of the attacks?

You can send any footage or pictures of the incident to 07921 648 159 or to yourpics@bbc.co.uk

This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.


Your comments:

I thank God that I am alive and send my prayers to those families that have been directly affected
Aidy, Leeds
I was in Sharm on Saturday when the bombs went off. One was 100yds away. I thank God that I am alive and send my prayers to those families that have been directly affected.
Aidy, Leeds

I am deeply touched by the moral support and humane attitude expressed in this page, especially from the Londoners who have been devastated by a similar terrorist attack.
Heba, Cairo, Egypt

I was in the pedestrian zone close to the taxi rank on the main road when the bombs went off in Naama Bay. The bombs have caused a double tragedy: the death and maiming of innocent people and the livelihood of so many friendly Egyptians working in Sharm. The last time I was in Sharm the tsunami hit Asia. I remember that there was a collection in the hotel, and many staff contributed despite their modest wages. I wish I could collect for them now. We should salute their gesture by holidaying there once again when we have finished mourning.
Patricia, Luxembourg

We have just got back from Sharm where we had been with our two daughters. We stayed about 2km from the bombs. We were both struck by how appalled the Egyptians were by what had happened. We spoke with a number of hotel staff and shopkeepers who all expressed fear for their livelihoods and the future of tourism in Egypt, for many of them we were the first tourists who said that we would definitely return to Egypt. One shop keeper told us that 'for the tourists, you come from wealthy countries with strong economies, you have money and good things in your life, and for you the Sinai is very beautiful, for us we are poor and beauty is nothing when you are poor, now we may be poorer still.' For all the friends we made in Sharm we hope the tourists continue to visit this very beautiful part of the world.
Michael and Helen, Galashiels, Scotland

We were in Dahab and had travelled to Sharm for a diving trip on Saturday. Security is high and the Egyptians have everything under control. They are the friendliest and most generous of people. Please support them in your travels.
Paula, London

I was asleep when the bombs went off in a hotel only a few hundred metres away. I woke up to hear peoples' screams of panic as they tried to find out what had happened. As you enter Sharm through Peace Road, there is a sign saying "Welcome to Sharm al-Sheikh, with beauty and peace." It's a shame the terrorists couldn't understand that, as all the locals did.
Sam Moden, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Everyone feels deeply for those killed and injured
Liz and Steve, Sharm al-Sheikh
We are currently in a resort a few km from the centre and things are very normal here, security is high, but the sun is shining and the coral reefs are still just as beautiful. Everyone feels deeply for those killed and injured - mainly the local Egyptians - but the best way we can help them is by keeping their tourist industry alive, and showing that the bombers have not won. Besides, having been at work in central London when the London bombs happened, and having listened to the news coming from London over the past week - I would much rather take my chances while sunning myself on the beach!
Liz and Steve, Sharm al-Sheikh

My daughter Rebecca and I have just returned from a stay at the Ghazala Gardens a week ago. We are deeply shocked and concerned for all the staff we got to know. In particular we would like to know if the barman in the pizzeria is safe. My daughter has a birthday message he wrote to her in Egyptian on a napkin.
Sallie Cullen, Hemel Hempstead, UK

We were just having a good night out in a British bar in Naama Bay when suddenly there was a loud bang and all the windows went through, shaking all the blinds. People went outside to look, we were told an electric box had blown up. Next thing we know there is yet another even louder bang. I knew this was serious. There was nothing but panic and mayhem.
Clare Malloy, Barnsley, South Yorkshire

I still plan on going there soon
Andy, London
I happened to be just looking at some scuba diving sites in Sharm al-Sheikh and contemplating a future holiday there just a few hours before the blasts. I still plan on going there soon. I will not let these terrorists win. My condolences to the people killed and hurt by these madmen.
Tom, San Francisco, USA

I came back from Sharm just 4 days before the attacks. Never would you have envisaged such a peaceful place, with such harmony and the tranquil nature of the local people to be targeted in such a way.
Andy, London

It was Friday night when I received a call from my wife informing me of this absolutely sad news, so I rushed home to watch the news. We were planning to go Sharm this fall for our annual vacation for the second time. I am still in a state of shock to decide whether to go or not. For the rest of my weekend I could not take off my eyes off the TV praying to the Lord. Please put an end to all wars, and stop those evil people from attacking innocent civilians.
Samir Gobran, Windsor, Canada

I was part of a group of 8 English guys who were in the Camel Bar in the centre of Naama Bay watching the cricket highlights when the first bomb went off. Nobody really seemed sure if it was a bomb or some sort of gas/electrical explosion so we casually left the bar with the manager telling us to stay calm. As we walked up the crowded street the second one went off. There was a lot of crying, screaming and general panic. The air was filled with ash, dust and debris combining to create a terrible smell I'll never forget.
Kevin Jennings, Surbiton, England

I have been worried sick about my housemate all weekend. She was on holiday in the area and I couldn't get hold of her or her boyfriend. She got through to me this morning and she is fine. She was staying in the hotel where the bomb went off and checked out just two hours before! Needless to say she is a little shaken.
Adrian, Southampton

From the front of our hotel we could see people coming up from the direction of the smoke
Campbell Forrest, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire
We were woken by the force from the blast from the closest explosion at 1.20am, which wrecked the Ghazala Gardens. Fortunately we were far enough away from the flying debris etc. From the front of our hotel we could see people coming up from the direction of the smoke. It was not clear exactly where it had occurred. We were told we were safe in the hotel and soon after, around 10-12 security personnel positioned themselves between the road and the hotel reception.
Campbell Forrest, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Me and my family are due to fly out to Sharm al-Sheikh in early August. We are still going to go, as we feel that the terrorists will have won. We would also like to send our condolences to the many families who have lost loved ones.
Julie, Milton Keynes

Having just returned from Sharm al-Sheikh, I was both shocked and saddened to hear about the bombings. I spent most of Saturday trying to get hold of friends we made in Sharm to make sure they were alright. I can't believe this has happened to such a friendly and welcoming country - I just hope it doesn't put people off going there as it is such a wonderful place.
Michelle Fritchley, Gloucester, England

My partner and I returned from Sharm 2 weeks ago. We made loads of friends whilst there. I cannot believe what's happened. Everyone is so friendly and goes out of their way to make you feel welcome.
Kimberley Breckons, Lincoln, United Kingdom

Have just returned to the UK - we were staying in the Ocean Bay Hotel and were woken at 1.15 by the first explosion, which shook our room. We grabbed our stuff and ran outside to ask what was happening - at which point a second (although obviously much smaller) bomb went off next to our hotel in the taxi rank, and we both heard and felt the blast. Thankfully there was very little damage to the hotel, but we had a few walking wounded come in and some of the hotel staff went down to help, coming back with horrific stories of the injuries they had seen. There was just a lot of confusion about what was going on. All praise to the hotel and dive staff who were helping wherever they could. On our transfer today we just saw a devastated town (including going past the Ghizela Gardens) - from the people we spoke to I know that the locals are very upset about what has been done to their town. Our thoughts are with them, and we hope to be back soon.
Jillian & Gary, London, UK

I will most definitely be returning to Sharm later this year
Carolyne Bessem, The Netherlands
I originally come from London and feel extremely angry and distraught at the recent bombing. However, I have just recently returned from Sharm al-Sheikh and I am totally shocked and outraged. Sharm al Sheikh is one of the most beautiful, friendly and serene holiday resorts I have ever visited. I have made many friends there, especially at the Ghazale Diving resort which stood on the corner next to the hotel Ghazala Gardens. Also the Tam Tam restaurant that belongs to the Ghazala. I would dearly like to know if any of the personnel survived this wicked atrocity. I would like to send my condolences to everyone that has lost loved ones. The Egyptian personnel are very young but extremely hard working and I will never forget those that I have met during the last few years. I will most definitely be returning to Sharm later this year.
Carolyne Bessem, The Netherlands

Egypt and its people are suffering in the aftermath of the bombings. We can only urge people to continue visiting places like Sharm that have suffered at the hands of such evil. It is a beautiful place as are the people. We aren't going to let this tragedy stop us going to a place that retains so many wonderful memories. In fact we are booked to go in early August, please don't let them scare you off, that way they only win.
Sara, Cairo

My boyfriend and I were in Naama Bay just a few weeks ago. We cannot believe this has happened. Our thoughts go out to everybody there and to their families and friends. We will be going back in February/March as we thought it was a wonderful place, with great people.
Jennifer Hood, Scotland

I have watched the news from Sharm over the weekend with horror and empathy for the Egyptians and tourists caught in the blast - my family and I (all keen divers) have been to Sharm numerous times over the last 5 years or so and love the place and the people. There is no way I am going to let these criminal, inhuman terrorists ruin the lives and living of the wonderful local Egyptians - I'm booked to fly out to Egypt in three days with my daughter and we are not considering cancelling our trip!
Louise, Alton, Hants, UK

I was working on the night shift that day and witnessed the first blast and thought it could be a plane crash or electricity unit explosion till the second accident happened. I work at the nearest place of the taxi parking so almost all injuries came to our hotel as it is only few metres away. It was complete shock to find all this mess and injured casualties in a few seconds. I was busy helping people to comfort and ease them the same as all staff did and some guests helped too. After that tough night I felt proud of what we all did and sorry at the same time for my friends and colleagues who died or were injured. The good sign is that people here show that they are ready to fight back by continuing their lives and to be back to normal again. Thanks again for all those who helped in that night and to medics you have done great job
Ibrahim, Naama Bay, Sharm El Sheikh

The hotel staff were absolutely amazing
Sarah Nwaji, East Susex, England
My boyfriend and I were staying at Ghazala Gardens. We were asleep at the time of the bomb at our hotel. We were woken by the noise of shattering glass. At first I thought someone had broken our patio doors and was trying to break in, then everything started shaking. As we ran from our room there were people shouting and running in all directions. I looked towards the main building and the top had been blown away. We didn't know which way to go. There was a girl covered in blood that could not find her family. Some people were running towards the main building and others went to the football pitch at the back of the hotel. Gradually everyone congregated on the pitch. My worst fear was that there would be another bomb around the back of the hotel as we would have been an easy target.

We couldn't hear any emergency service sirens from the back so didn't know if anyone had come to help. The only information we received was from telephoning family in the UK so that they could te ll us what was being said on the news channels. We sat on the football pitch until around 6am before our holiday reps arrived. The hotel staff were absolutely amazing all the way through the night, bringing out water and chairs for people. They even brought out breakfast for all the guests in the morning, even though they had lost colleagues and friends. We were on the first flight back to the UK, and felt extremely lucky to be alive. My heart goes out to all the victims and their families.
Sarah Nwaji, East Susex, England

When the Bomb exploded at the hotel (Ghazala Gardens) we were asleep in block 3 the furthest block from the reception at first my girlfriend and I thought someone had tried to break in to our room as glass had shattered everywhere and the window frames were mangled up, it soon became clear it was a lot more serious when we pulled the curtains back and saw the main reception area on fire. In a mad rush to leave our room we passed injured people covered in blood and others looking for loved ones, you feared for more attacks. You still can't believe it happened up until that point the holiday had been unforgettable it is now unforgettable for the wrong reasons. It was such a relief to touchdown in the UK. Also many thanks to the cabin crew etc who were first class on the plane meeting everyone's need under very difficult circumstances.
Jamie Podmore, Hastings

Our hotel shook and windows rattled violently just after 1 am. We went out onto the balcony, and the security guards were running around, no one quite knew what had happened, then came two more huge explosions. Luckily our hotel is not near either site. Now we feel deep sorrow for the Egyptian people as so many holiday makers have returned home and a lot of people have cancelled upcoming holidays, which is going to leave the Egyptian economy devastated. Talking to one hotel worker he told me, I'm so glad you have stayed, this way the bombers do not succeed in ruining our country. People should still come, it is still a beautiful country.
Rachel Summers, Hebden bridge, England

We had just arrived back to the Ghazala Hotel only half hour before the explosion. We had just got off the sleep when we were woken by a bright flash of light followed by a huge explosion. We were blasted out of bed by the force of the blast with both our window and hotel door smashed. We did not know what it was. Our first thoughts were that it was a plane crash. We entered the pool area of the hotel to find complete carnage. People screaming for help, very badly injured people. We were aware of Britons in the reception/bar area around the time of the blast but we don't know whether they made it or not. We cannot explain how wonderful the staff at the hotel were after the blast, knowing that most of their colleagues have been killed. Life just seemed to carry on for them. We spoke to one member of staff who continued his duties, he broke down in tears saying "I have just lost my best friend, I'm sorry, I'm sorry" he kept repeating. It was not until sun rise that we saw how much destruction there was. We are just so lucky to be alive.
Duncan and Michelle , Chelmsford Essex

Our hearts go out to the people killed and injured in these attacks
Deanne Jenkyns, South Shields, UK
My husband and I were in Sharm al-Sheikh two weeks ago. It was our first time in Egypt and since our return we have been telling everyone what a wonderful place it is and how lovely the Egyptian people are. Hearing this news has shocked and saddened us. We will definitely return to Egypt - we cannot let these people win! Our hearts go out to the people killed and injured in these attacks.
Deanne Jenkyns, South Shields, UK

We had just arrived back to the Ghazala Hotel only half hour before the explosion. We had just got off the sleep when we were woken by a bright flash of light followed by a huge explosion. We were blasted out of bed by the force of the blast with both our window and hotel door smashed. We did not know what it was. Our first thoughts were that it was a plane crash. We entered the pool area of the hotel to find complete carnage. People screaming for help, very badly injured people. We witnessed some fire across the poolside, only to witness this later as being a body burning alive. We were aware of Britons in the reception/bar area around the time of the blast but we don't know whether they made it or not. We cannot explain how wonderful the staff at the hotel were after the blast, knowing that most of their colleagues have been killed. Life just seemed to carry on for them. We spoke to one member of staff who continued his duties; he broke down in tears saying "I have just lost my best friend, I'm sorry, I'm sorry" he kept repeating. It was not until sunrise that we saw how much destruction there was. We are just so lucky to be alive.
Duncan and Michelle, Chelmsford, Essex

I am so very sorry for the victims of this heinous crime. My heart goes out to all the victims' families and to all the injured and survivors who had to witness this atrocity. May peace be with them.
Susan, New York City, USA

Our number one source of income, tourism, has once again been damaged
Soraya Morayef, Alexandria, Egypt
My mother woke me up with the news of the bomb, and I started crying. There is a foreboding sense of doom over all Egyptians - although none of my friends and family were in Sharm al-Sheikh, we all feel that we have been directly attacked. Everybody knows someone who has lost a son or sister or best friend. I still don't understand why Egypt was targeted. While my heart goes out to all tourists who were killed or hurt in the attack, most of the lost lives have been Egyptian. And our number one source of income, tourism, has once again been damaged.
Soraya Morayef, Alexandria, Egypt

I originally come from London and feel extremely angry and distraught at the recent bombing. However, I have just recently returned from Sharm al-Sheikh and I am totally shocked and outraged. Sharm al-Sheikh is one of the most beautiful, friendly and serene holiday resorts I have ever visited. I have made many friends there, especially at the Ghazale Diving resort which stood on the corner next to the hotel Ghazala Gardens. Also the Tam Tam restaurant that belongs to the Ghazala. I would dearly like to know if any of the personnel survived this wicked atrocity. I would like to send my condolences to everyone that has lost loved ones. The Egyptian personnel are very young but extremely hard working and I will never forget those that I have met during the last few years. I will most definitely be returning to Sharm later this year.
Carolyne Bessem, Maarssen, The Netherlands

I've been to Sharm a few times and recognise all these places. My heart goes out to the locals who work at these hotels and restaurants and who are unfailingly kind and helpful to the tourists. It is one of the most spectacular tourist spots and I sincerely hope that the Egyptian government manages to get a grip on these terrorists.
Rustam Roy, London, UK

Egypt is such a fantastic place to have a holiday. I just hope the Egyptian tourism is not badly affected by terrorism once again. It would be such a shame.
Richie, Colchester, Essex

Egypt and its people are suffering in the aftermath of the bombings. We can only urge people to continue visiting places like Sharm that have suffered at the hands of such evil. It is a beautiful place as are the people. We aren't going to let this tragedy stop us going to a place that retains so many wonderful memories. In fact we are booked to go in early August. Please don't let them scare you off, that way they only win.
Sara, Cairo

All praise to the hotel and dive staff who were helping wherever they could
Jillian and Gary, London, UK
Have just returned to the UK - we were staying in the Ocean Bay Hotel and were woken at 1.15 by the first explosion, which shook our room. We grabbed our stuff and ran outside to ask what was happening. At which point a second (although obviously much smaller) bomb went off next to our hotel in the taxi rank, and we both heard and felt the blast. Thankfully there was very little damage to the hotel, but we had a few walking wounded come in and some of the hotel staff went down to help, coming back with horrific stories of the injuries they had seen. There was just a lot of confusion about what was going on. All praise to the hotel and dive staff who were helping wherever they could. On our transfer today we just saw a devastated town (including going past the Ghizela Gardens). From the people we spoke to I know that the locals are very upset about what has been done to their town. Our thoughts are with them, and we hope to be back soon.
Jillian and Gary, London, UK

I adore Sharm and I like to go there a minimum of five or six times a year, and each time I create unforgettable memories and adventures. Sharm is very charming whether on its private coral island, fringed with white sand and crystal water, or in the comfort of the peaceful atmosphere. You have to explore it and fight terrorist. I will arrange to go with my baby girl and my husband next week.
Nervana, Cairo, Egypt

I have been working as a hotel manager in Sharm al-Sheikh for the last five years. Sharm is one of the safest places in the world, you generally felt safer here than in any other country I have been to. Local people are always friendly and trying to help and the police presence has always been everywhere! Guests were horrified in the beginning, now though (two days after) everything is back to normal and guests are still enjoying their holidays... there is no reason not to!
George Tsokkos, Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt

I do hope the government of Egypt takes more precaution not only in tourist areas but throughout the whole of Egypt. As it is my country, I do feel that we are being targeted; we have lost many innocent Egyptian lives and other visitors who came to visit our country and enjoy their vacations. It is unfair for such acts to take place in a peaceful city like Sharm al-Sheikh!
Sherif Ramzy, Dubai, UAE

Sharm al-Sheikh is a beautiful city, its people are always happy to serve and help tourists and locals. It angers us to see this happen to our beloved neighbours. The officers in Sharm have been working hard day and night to make tourists safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with Egypt, its people and all those who have been effected by this inhumane attack.
Luma Qadoumi, Amman, Jordan

They were asleep when the first explosion rocked their hotel
Gill Drillsma, East Sussex, England
My 17 year old son who will be 18 on Tuesday was on his first solo holiday in Sharm with his dive club. I was just going to bed when the tragedy unfolded. It was the worst hour of my life trying to contact him at the Camel Dive Club which I now discover is right near one of the hotels targeted. Thank God for mobile phones. He and all who went out with him are safe. They were asleep when the first explosion rocked their hotel. They got up and were just in the process of deciding what to do when the second bigger bomb went off. They evacuated to the beach. My heartfelt commiserations go out to all the innocent people who have not been as fortunate as my son.
Gill Drillsma, East Sussex, England

My partner and I returned from Sharm al-Sheikh just two days ago. We were in the bar area of the GG hotel the day we left. I hope all the staff are ok and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
Chris, Hassocks, West Sussex

We have visited Sharm 5 times in the past year. Let it be known to those responsible that this atrocity will not prevent us from returning to a country that we have grown to love, and in which we have made many friends and close contacts. Thankfully those whom I have contacted are unharmed. The locals in Sharm are courteous and friendly, and those that condemn or fault security have no concept of the poverty and hardship that the citizens there at times have to endure on a daily basis. My thoughts tonight are with the families and friends of the victims, most of whom were innocent, hard working Egyptians.
Val, Aberdeen

The Egyptian staff said an oven had exploded in a neighbouring restaurant
Andrew Kane, Luton, Bedfordshire
My girlfriend and I were in a bar around 50m from the explosion at the Moevenpick Hotel. We heard one explosion at around 12.30am but we were unsure what it was. It just did not sound loud enough to be a bomb. We asked the Egyptian staff and they said an oven had exploded in a neighbouring restaurant. We then saw smoke fill the air and people running and screaming up the street. They then said an electricity pylon had exploded, which we did not believe as this was the same explanation given for the 7th July bombings in London. What seemed like 5 minutes later another louder explosion was heard and the mass hysteria increased. Only when we phoned friends in England did we realise car bombs had gone off and there were mass casualties.
Andrew Kane, Luton, Bedfordshire

My friend Paula Hogan is in Sharm al-Sheikh with her friends and family and I am really worried. Just three days before she went on holiday, she was caught up in the London bombings.
Sean Bone, Brentwood, Essex

Despite being very scared and shocked, the hotel guests kept helping the injured people
Rany El Riedy, Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt
I'm the rep of the Movenpick Hotel and was in a hotel next to the taxi rank, when I suddenly heard a huge explosion. People were running and screaming. The glass of the shops was everywhere. On my way back to the hotel, I heard another huge explosion, this time closer to the hotel. Found many people injured running inside the hotel so I tried to calm down the guests. All of the guests of our hotel are British and despite being very scared and shocked, they kept helping the injured people. It was 15-20min until the first ambulance arrived. Egyptian people were running mad, trying to help. It was real chaos.
Rany El Riedy, Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt

We're in a hotel about 2 miles from Naama Bay, and although we heard and saw nothing, things are a bit scary around here at the moment. The hotel is in lockdown, reassuringly as it happens, and there is some talk of evacuation. My family had lunch in the Movenpick's beach area 2 days ago and used the taxi rank to return home. Seeing them in bits is quite disturbing.
Howard Neale, Stockton, England

We are searching for news of Ruth Chambers who is staying at the Falcon Hills Hotel. Ruth, if you see this message, please phone home to Marple.
Bridget Dunbar, Stockport

Staying at the other Movenpick Hotel across the road. Woken at 1am by enormous flash of light, followed by tremendous blast. Sand and grit billowed from site; twisted, distorted metal was thrown out smashing windows. The force of the blast forced many of the locked doors open. Hotel staff kept everyone under control and advised everyone to head towards the beach. This was followed by a further blast further away, which caused less damage, but could still be felt. Only saw one minor injury caused by flying glass.
Holly and Rosemary Smith, Poole, Dorset

We were woken by the blasts this morning - it's about a 5 minute walk from the blast area. This morning everyone seems to be acting normal but there is definitely an atmosphere around the place. We were contacted by our reps at 4.30am to check we were ok. There are talks of people leaving but we're not going to let it ruin our holiday.
Hannah Barnes, Bedford

We're in the hotel next door. The blast was the most frightening thing I have ever heard! The front of the hotel has been blown away. Everyone is in a state of shock and trying to get home.
Olivia and Julie Mills, Leeds

Seeing all the footage of our hotel in pieces has angered and saddened us all
Katie Walton, Twickenham, London
Myself and 3 friends had been staying at the Ghazala Gardens less than a week ago and we are all so shocked and shaken at this atrocity. Seeing all the footage of our hotel in pieces has angered and saddened us all. We were phoning home just a week ago to check the safety of our relatives and friends in London after the first bombings, and would never have imagined this could have happened where we were staying just few days ago.
Katie Walton, Twickenham, London

We arrived back from Ghazala Gardens hotel two weeks ago. The hotel staff are all lovely and really made our holiday something special, it's terrible to hear that many of them have been hurt. Looking at the photos after the blast, it is unrecognisable. Our thoughts go out to the families of the staff who have been hurt or even killed, as most of the staff came to work there from Cairo and didn't see their families very often.
Helen Clayworth and Mark Reid, Bolton, UK

I'm staying in Dahab, the other tourist area on the east coast of the Sinai Peninsula. It's about 60 miles north of Sharm. People here are very sullen today and the area is quieter than usual. Locals are very upset that this has happened. This will devastate hundreds of families and the national economy.
Paul Carlin, Coleraine, Northern Ireland

I was asleep when the first blast went off. It was like an enormous crack of thunder. Lots of the people in the hotel we were staying in (about 1km from old Sharm market) were woken and standing on their balconies. Then we could hear scores of emergency vehicles moving around. Then two other blasts were heard. They sounded further away than the first two. Not being able to sleep I stayed up and watched international news to see the situation unfolding.
Peter Clark, Leeds, England

Heavy smoke was in the air and we also could see fire
Vanessa Victoria Halter, Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt
I was asleep, as a huge bang woke me up. My whole flat was shaking. I hardly trusted myself to get up and have a look. But as it always got louder and police cars sirens could be heard. Heavy smoke was in the air and we also could see fire. Then we heard another 2 explosions.
Vanessa Victoria Halter, Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt

We heard a strong blast. We live not far away from the old market area. We rushed down on my scooter to the old market, just following a cloud of smoke. We saw 3 or 4 bodies in the parking area. The explosion took place in an area where only Egyptians gather (shisha bar) but all the stores around have been badly damaged and many cars too. The police and the fire brigade pushed us and the crowd away. A few seconds later I heard a further blast. In a few minutes we received phone calls from friends about 2 other blasts in Naama Bay, one in front of Ghazala casino the other one in the taxi parking area.
Claudio di Manao, Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt

I've just spoke to my mother who is in Naama Bay right now. She said she's next to one of the hotels attacked. The windows of her hotel reception were destroyed by the wave of the blast. Police aren't giving any information to tourists who are in the streets. She heard very powerful explosions.
Stefano Cappadona, Italy

One of my best friends is working in Naama Bay. She saw everything unfold from her room's balcony. She tells me she is terrified and is unable to sleep because of all the panic. She said there were three bombings at the Ghazala Hotel and Movenpick.
Dina Nasser, Cairo, Egypt

Our room windows blew in and the door was blown open
Russel Arthey, Ashford, Kent
Staying in the Movenpick, front of the Ghazala hotel conference centre destroyed north of the main road though Naama Bay, many rooms in Movenpick damaged. Our room windows blew in and the door was blown open. We heard 2 bombs 4-5 mins apart. We have been told no casualties of staff or guests in Movenpick.
Russel Arthey, Ashford, Kent

We are holidaying in Sharm. Felt the doors shaking and a loud noise above our heads roughly 4 minutes apart. Our hotel is five minute drive from old Sharm and 15 minutes from Naama Bay. Feel very upset as my family and I could have been caught up in it all.
Mrs Patel, Midlands

My wife is in the area, on conference with several hundred people from the company at which she works. Colleagues heard the bomb a few kilometres away, and subsequently all staff were roused for a roll-call. It now seems that they will all be evacuated from the area and will return to Italy at the earliest opportunity.
Patrick Leclezio, Rome, Italy

We saw heavy smoke and billowing flames
Hector Pliego, Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt
My wife and I were asleep in our home about half a mile away from the old market when a loud explosion shook the house, and woke us up. It was 1.15am. We went out to the garden which overlooks old Sharm and saw heavy smoke and billowing flames. A few minutes later we felt several other explosions.
Hector Pliego, Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt

My family is here on holiday. Any news on the Brits involved in the blasts would be appreciated. Their names are: Sheila Ebeling, Harald Ebeling and Christian Ebeling.
Stewart Osborne, Nelson, South Wales

I haven't seen a bomb and chaos since Lebanese civil war - I'm shocked, one minute of walking and I could be sending you this message from heaven
Cheikh Stefano El Douaihy

I just arrived now from Sharm. The explosions were so strong. I was in the hotel when it happened. I just left hours back to Cairo after the attacks. I am planning to come back, no explosions will stop me from visiting Sharm. Terrorists will never win.
Ahmed Khodeir, Sharm El Sheikh, Cairo, Egypt

I was just back from a night out and closed the room door. Seconds later the door and window of our hotel room blew open. We didn't know why. A few minutes later there was another dull thud in the distance. I found out what had happened when my dad telephoned from the UK in the early hours. It is terrible news - the resort is just stunned this morning.
Ros Walker, UK

One explosion in Sharm el-Mya the old town, there seemed to be five or six in the Naama bay area, especially by the Movenpick hotel on the side of the main area of town and by Ghazala hotel which is destroyed. Many queues for taxis when another went off. People dead in the roads and in the rubble. A lot of flying glass and debris all over the place. I guess the Ghazala boats will not be diving tomorrow as their dive centre has been destroyed. The hotels at Ras um Sid and El Fanar areas remain unaffected. I am surprised this happened here as there is one road into and out of Sharm. This is policed at nearly every junction where you can exit. The bombers must still be around. I have been coming here for 15 years for diving, nothing like this has happened before, but the prices will go down again and we will keep coming. I feel sorry for the poor Egyptian people here as tourism is the only way this town survives.
Jon Seed, Lancashire

I was at Hard Rock café located in Naama Bay with some friends of mine when we heard loud noise and people screaming, we went outside as well as everybody else did, to see what was going on. The scene of dead bodies can not be described, it was extremely awful. I am terribly sorry for the dozens of people killed and the hundreds injured, may God be with them and their families.
Alejandro Perez, Madrid, España

I thought spending some time in Sharm al-Sheikh would be more peaceful than Beirut these days with my German girlfriend, after I heard about the bomb in Beirut I went out for a drink then I was 100 metres away and a bomb exploded, I haven't seen a bomb and chaos since Lebanese civil war. I'm shocked, one minute of walking and I could be sending you this message from heaven. There is no word to describe this attack. This is not terrorism, this is evil.
Cheikh Stefano El Douaihy, Beirut, Lebanon

I did not witness the explosions, but me and my fiance were woken up at 0110 with a huge bang and windows rattling, we went onto the balcony and saw a gust of black smoke over Old Sharm, five minutes later we heard another loud bang and our apartment block shook, it was very scary. My fiance who is a medic went to the hospital to help out, it's carnage in there!! This is a terrible devastation to Sharm, we have lived here for four years and always felt safe. I'm six months pregnant and thought we could bring up our child here and it would be a lot safer than the UK. How wrong we are.
Lisa Keany, Sharm, Egypt

We were in Sharm in September. Please do not be misled regarding the security of the area. Yes you do need to go through multiple checkpoints to get from Cairo to Sharm but in a country where back hand payments open doors this is not too difficult to get round. Most of the taxis in Sharm are private cars driven in by their owners and most originate from out of town. Ours came from Alexandria on the northen coast. The security in the hotels is a joke. All hotels have AMD's (Archway Metal Detectors) and metal detection wands. They all have at least one security guard on the front door but still let people in and out with minimal fuss and checks. You see minibuses of armed police sitting at the corner of the street but hardly ever out patrolling or checking on people or property left unattended.
Clayton McCranor, Worthing Sussex

We live in a resort quite away from Naama Bay and Old Market, but we felt three explosions. First there was a very strong push against the window. The second one that we felt was so extremely strong, that I was about to run out of the house as I thought the house is bombarded. And the third one was when the windows only were shaking. My husband saw the huge smoke mushroom. In the hospital are many who have to get amputations.
Shari Meryem Hamed, Sharm al-Sheikh

We had left the Naama Bay resort a couple of hours earlier. Everything was normal...the hustle and bustle of typical Egyptian life. We were awoken by the blasts at around 0100 from our hotel which is five km from the old town and 10 km from Naama Bay. We thought it was thunder. We had arranged to go on an excursion today so woke up at 0445. All excursions have since been cancelled and we are awaiting to find out whether we can get an early flight home. Thank God we had arranged the excursion as we would have stayed out later had we not.
Neil Cummins, Reading, UK

Working here as a diving instructor and living in Hadaba over looking the old market I was downstairs when I felt the house shudder, going to the roof where I can see old market there was a large cloud of smoke rising from it, this was half a mile away. Then the sirens started!
Michael Morrissey





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