More countries widen curbs on Sharm el-Sheikh travel
Nov 6, Moscow: More countries including France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany have joined the UK in restricting travel to the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, amid fears that a bomb brought down a Russian plane on Saturday.
The countries have warned their nationals not to travel, and German airlines cancelled flights. UK airlines will start to repatriate tourists on Friday, but with hand luggage only. Militants linked to Islamic State (IS) have claimed they destroyed the Russian plane on Saturday, killing all 224 people on board.
The cause of the crash is still unclear and Russia - which is carrying out air strikes against IS in Syria - has warned against pre-empting the outcome of the official investigation, BBC news reported. Egypt is leading the investigation into the air disaster, with the help of Russian and other foreign experts.