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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Resort Town on Alert For Meeting Attendees

SHARM El-SHEIK, Egypt -- This booming Red Sea resort had the feel of a military camp Tuesday as Egyptian officials prepared for this week's international anti-terrorism conference. Black boats patrolled the coast and soldiers in blue berets lined the streets.


And Egyptian officials, mindful of an attempt on President Hosni Mubarak's life in Ethiopia last year, boasted that Sharm el-Sheik would be one of the world's safest places for Wednesday's opening of the summit.


"This place is very secure, 100 percent," said Safwat el-Sherif, Egypt's information minister.


The summit will bring representatives from nearly 30 nations and international institutions for a one-day meeting meant to show international solidarity against terrorism.


Many of the leaders, including U.S. President Bill Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, will arrive early Wednesday and leave soon after the summit.


A handful of officials, however, landed Tuesday at the resort's tiny airport, and security for them already was tight.


Government officials refused to say exactly how many police, soldiers and presidential guards had been brought in, but hundreds could be seen in and around the hotel district on the sea.


On the main street, dozens of black-uniformed police and soldiers in berets lined the curbs and blocked the entrance to the luxurious Movenpick Hotel, the site of the summit.


Only cars carrying summit officials, diplomats and journalists passed easily through a roadblock manned by soldiers and police a few kilometers outside of town. The checkpoint basically sealed off the hotel area from the rest of the Sinai peninsula.


Within eyesight of the beach, 12 rubber boats carrying four men each patrolled the turquoise waters in front of the Movenpick.


"You can sleep with the door open," said Wagih Sarofeem, resident manager at the Ghazala Hotel next door to the summit site.