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IN PICTURES: ‘Underwater’ sexual harassment incident makes headlines in Egypt

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A new sexual harassment incident surfaced in Egypt on Tuesday, a few days after a male journalist harassed his female colleague at the heart of the editorial board of the "Youm 7" newspaper, and a week after an Egyptian died while defending his wife, who was harassed on a beach.

The new incident took place in the southern city of Sharm el-Sheikh on the Red Sea coast, where a young professional diver caught pictures of a diving instructor harassing a foreign tourist underwater.

Egypt diver Mohammed Hani good Samatrian 2 (Supplied)
Egypt diver Mohammed Hani good Samatrian 2 (Supplied)

Egyptian professional diver Mohammed Hani who tracked the incident with his camera told Al Arabiya English that he was in a tourist boat on a cruise in Sharm el-Sheikh, when he discovered the incident and took the photos.

The good samaritan said he noticed an uncomfortable encounter between a young female tourist who appeared later to be Russian and her Egyptian diving instructor underwater and above. When he followed them, without being noticed he took the photos.

The professional diver added that as soon as the two went out of the water, they were arguing, with the girl looking for an escape and as soon as she saw the boat she was relieved and asked for help to board on and to be protected from her “instructor.”

Egypt sexual harassment diver3 (Supplied)
Egypt sexual harassment diver3 (Supplied)

Hani told Al Arabiya he tried to intervene in the argument and understood what was happening especially with the proof he had in his camera, adding that the harasser knew later on that his sexual advances where documented in the camera, issuing threats to Hani.

Hani added that he wished to punish this harasser at the time if the law allows him, deciding to publish the photos on his social media accounts to expose the harasser so that his company can deal with him legally in order to preserve the reputation of Egypt’s tourism.