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A nuclear power station in Egypt? Whatever could go wrong, besides the usual problems with nuclear power stations?

If nothing goes wrong, it will, of course, legally leak deadly radionuclides into the Mediterranean or waterways leading there. It will leak deadly radionuclides into the environment in rare green parts of Egypt. In the event of an accident it will leak more.

Most nuclear power stations provide the means to build nuclear weapons.

UPDATE 1-Egypt, Russia sign deal to build a nuclear power plant Posted:Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:53:46 GMT
CAIRO, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Moscow and Cairo signed an agreement on Thursday for Russia to build a nuclear power plant in Egypt, with Russia extending a loan to Egypt to cover the cost of construction.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/iRwXWBA39Qs/story01.htm

Egypt Travel Watch (UK):
Terrorism
There is a high threat from terrorism. We believe that terrorists continue to plan attacks. Attacks could be indiscriminate and occur without prior warning. Attacks targeting foreigners can’t be ruled out. There is a threat of kidnapping, particularly in remote desert areas. On 22 July 2015 a foreign national was kidnapped in the western desert. He was murdered in August 2015. A terrorist group has claimed responsibility for his murder

The long-standing policy of the British government is not to make substantive concessions to hostage-takers. The British government considers that paying ransoms and releasing prisoners increases the risk of further hostage-taking.

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) are the most active terrorist group in Egypt. In November 2014 ABM announced they had pledged allegiance to ISIL. Most ABM attacks have targeted government and security forces. ABM’s main area of operations is northern Sinai, but the group has claimed responsibility for attacks in other areas including Cairo, the western desert and Nile delta cities. In February 2014, ABM killed 3 South Korean tourists and their driver in an attack on a bus in Taba (Sinai). ABM have claimed responsibility for the death in August 2014 of a US oil worker in the western desert. The group has threatened further attacks against Egypt’s economic interests.

On 11 July 2015, there was an explosion at the Italian Consulate in Cairo.

On 1 July 2015, a series of attacks against military targets around Sheikh Zuwayed in North Sinai killed a number of Egyptian soldiers.

On 29 June 2015, Egyptian Public Prosecutor Hisham Barakat was killed and a number of others injured in an explosion in Heliopolis, Cairo.

On 10 June 2015, an attack on a security checkpoint at the Karnak Temple site in Luxor was repelled by Egyptian security personnel, resulting in the death of 2 attackers

In the early hours of 26 February 2015, there were a number of small explosions in Cairo. The explosions occurred outside mobile telephone shops in the Mohandiseen area, a restaurant in the Imbaba area and a police station in Warraq. There are reports of 1 death and a number of injuries.

In North Sinai, terrorists seek to prevent the Egyptian authorities from exercising control. There have been frequent, almost daily reports of attacks since the change in government. Most attacks are against the Egyptian government and military installations and personnel. On 27 January, ABM shot down a military helicopter with a surface to air missile, although the group has shown no intent to target civilian aircraft. Gas pipelines and border crossings have also been targets.

The Sharm el Sheikh resort areas of South Sinai benefit from heightened security protection. The last terrorist attack in South Sinai involving British nationals was in April 2006 when a series of bombs exploded in Dahab, killing 23 people and injuring 80, including 2 British nationals.

There is also a threat of maritime terrorism. In August 2013, there was an attack against a container ship in the Suez Canal and an attack on Egyptian navy vessels in November 2014 may also be linked to terrorism.

Be vigilant, monitor media reports and keep up to date with the travel advice covering your location. Take extra care over local holiday weekends, as some past terrorist attacks have occurred during these times. A list of local holidays can be found on the website of the British Embassy in Cairo.

There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt/terrorism