Egypt still destination for holiday
British holidaymakers have continued travelling to enjoy sunshine breaks in Egypt as the country experienced another day of bloodshed.
The majority of Egypt is said to be a no-go area as the Government issued advice warning Britons not to travel to popular locations such as Cairo, Luxor and Alexandria unless it is essential.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is warning against all travel to the north-eastern corner of the country.
In Cairo, hundreds have died during the last week as supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi clash with security forces.
Red Sea resorts are deemed safe to travel to by the FCO, though there have been reports of demonstrations in Hurghada. Some holidaymakers during the last few days have been told to stay within the grounds of their hotels in Hurghada, said Sally Asling, speaking from her hotel.
She said she feels safe because the focus of the bloodshed is further inland, a drive several hours away from Hurghada.
"We feel really safe," she told Sky News. "The hotel is high security and the airport is high security. It is quicker for me to get back to London than drive to Cairo. You have to keep perspective on it. There was a demonstration a mile down the road two days ago. It is unsettling hearing how quickly things become volatile and kick off. It is safe, but how safe?"
Thomas Cook, Thomson and First Choice are flying thousands of passengers to their Red Sea destinations. The companies said they have cancelled excursions to Cairo, Luxor, Moses Mountain and St Catherine's Monastery. British Airways is still flying to Cairo but has adjusted its schedules to fly inside curfew times imposed by the Egyptian authorities. It is allowing passengers to rebook to Cairo or change destinations.
UK travel organisation Abta estimates that around 40,000 Britons are currently in Egypt. Thomson and First Choice have 11,769 British holidaymakers in Egypt, many of them in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh and the others in neighbouring Hurghada, Taba and Marsa Alam, while Thomas Cook has several thousand UK tourists in the Red Sea resorts.
The Government has said it is "deeply concerned" about the escalating crisis in Egypt and "deplores" the latest loss of life following clashes between the Egyptian army and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. More than 700 people have been killed across the country in a week of violence between those loyal to Mr Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood and the security forces of the interim government.