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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mubarak Holds Security Meeting

CAIRO, Egypt -- President Hosni Mubarak called an emergency Cabinet meeting Thursday to draft a new security plan for Egypt's tourist sites, just days after the massacre of 58 foreigners at a Pharaonic temple.


Mubarak also announced plans to create a security committee to supervise sites such as the temple in the southern city of Luxor, which six Islamic militants stormed early Monday morning. The announcement follows Mubarak's removal of Interior Minister Hassan el-Alfy, who supervised the nation's police.


The outlawed al-Gamaa al-Islamiya, or Islamic Group, which claimed responsibility for Monday's attack, offered to declare a cease-fire if the government meets a string of demands, none of which Mubarak is likely to accept: a halt to the government crackdown on militants; an end to relations with Israel; and the installation of strict Islamic law.


It also repeated its demand to free its spiritual leader, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, jailed in the United States for a failed plot to blow up the UN building and other New York landmarks.