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According to reports from the Red Sea resort town surrounding the incident, the United States Department of State had been intervening in order to calm the situation. These still unsubstantiated reports from a trusted source said that an official from the Democracy and Human Rights department was making moves to resolve the situation.
However, it appears that an American filmmaker was with Nour at the restaurant, so this could have been the reason the State Department had taken an immediate interest in the safety of an American citizen.
By midnight, a reconciliation agreement had been made between Nour and the police, allowing Nour, his assistant and those traveling back to Cairo to return on the 1 am flight, but the situation had been tense for hours.
Ahmed Abdul Gawad, Nour’s media assistant, was severely beaten and wounded, Nour said on Saturday evening in a telephone conversation detailing what had occurred. Until late on Saturday, Nour and his assistants remained stuck inside the restaurant, which was surrounded by the “thugs” who continued to shout: “Viva Mubarak, Viva Egypt” in an apparent attempt to get the politicians to exit the restaurant.
Nour and his supporters said attackers tried to steal Gawad’s camera and papers, but the owner of the restaurant pulled him inside the restaurant again in order to protect him from the onslaught. Nour and his colleagues had been having dinner with the members of the el-Ghad Party Committee of Hurghada, before they were to go to the airport to take a flight back to Cairo.
They attempted to call the local police and security forces to help them, but nobody showed up. Only a small truck of Tourism Police came to the location of the incident and left after few minutes, without taking any action, Nour said.
Some members of the el-Ghad Party Committee in Hurghada recognized the attackers. They said that they are “security forces aided by some members of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Council in Hurghada!”
“This is a severe attack and unforgivable escalation,” Nour said. “This sinful coalition between security forces and NDP is the worst form of terrorism. They are punishing us for our tour in Luxor yesterday.”
At 11 pm, Nour and his party remained trapped in the restaurant. Nour stated that he would remain inside until there was a response from the Hurghada General Prosecutor’s office. Obviously, one had come.
Allegedly, supporters of Nour’s were planning to converge on the area in order to “confront” the plainclothes thugs. Nour had attempted to call them off, but before the supporters arrived, a deal had been reached allowing him and his group to leave peacefully.
This comes after local residents, upon hearing the news, came out of their houses to protest what was going on, chanting “we love you, Ayman.”