British tourists feared dead in Egyptian bus crash

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has yet to confirm whether any of the nine tourists killed in a bus crash in Egypt this morning are British despite fears four are from the UK.

A further 28 were injured in the accident when the bus they were travelling in flipped over before beoming engulfed by flames, leaving many of the injured badly burned.

The cause of the accident on a road between Sharm el-Sheikh and Cairo is yet to be confirmed although early indications suggest a burst tire is to blame.

It’s believed the bus, which was also carrying Russian, Egyptian, Canadian, Italian, Romanian and Ukrainian tourists, was booked as part of a day trip to see the capital’s sights.

An FCO spokesman said: “We believe none of the dead are British but at the moment we cannot confirm anything.”

However, Libra Holidays sales and marketing manager Riccardo Benzo said concerns were emerging among resort staff that four of the dead may be British. The tour operator’s reps are currently checking the whereabouts of all its customers.

He added: “As far as we know we didn’t have any clients involved but our reps are still double checking.”

Benzo said the job has been made harder as tickets for such excursions are also sold by local agents in resort as well as being pre-bookable.

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