Sharm el-Shark: it must have been Mossad!
Diver’s claim dismissed as mumbo-jumbo – but one Egyptian official refuses to dismiss the idea
The Israeli secret service, Mossad, was behind the shark attacks in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh that have killed an elderly German swimmer and injured four others tourists, according to a bizarre theory that an Egyptian official has refused to rule out.
It was suggested on Egyptian TV that Mossad agents threw the shark in the water and somehow controlled it so that it would attack only when it reached Sharm el-Sheikh.
The notion been dismissed as "mumbo-jumbo" by Egyptian marine biology expert Mahmoud Hanafy, but South Sinai Governor Muhammad Abdel Fadil Shousha would not dismiss it. He said: “What is being said about the Mossad throwing the deadly shark [in the sea] to hit tourism in Egypt is not out of the question, but it needs time to confirm.”
The Mossad theory appears to have been initiated by a diver, Mustafa Ismail, who appeared on the Egypt Today television show as a supposed expert in the waters around Sharm el-Sheikh.
Asked by the programme’s host how the deadly shark - or sharks - entered the Red Sea, Ismail said: "No, it's who let them in?"
He then added that an Israeli diver in Eilat had told him he had captured a small shark with a GPS in its back - implying that the sharks were monitored to attack in Egypt's waters only. "Why would these sharks travel 4000 km and not have any accidents until they entered Sinai waters?"
Hanafy poured scorn on Ismail’s far-fetched claims, pointing out that GPS devices are often used by marine biologists like himself to study sea life. “It is sad that they made a person whose only knowledge of sharks comes from the movie Jaws go on national TV to propagate this mumbo-jumbo."
Israeli officials said the claims were too ludicrous to comment on, according to the Jerusalem Post.