The British prime minister, David Cameron,Â has said the Russian jet crash over Egypt was â€œmore likely than notâ€ caused by a bomb, as he defended his decision to halt all flights between the UK and the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Speaking from Downing Street the prime minister said it could â€œtake some timeâ€ to start flying UK tourists back from Sharm.
The prime minister’s office said it could not be categorical but an evolving picture, partly based on secret intelligence, suggested that a bomb may have caused the plane to crash in Sinai, killing all 224 people on board. A group with ties to Islamic State has made a second claim of responsibility for the disaster.
The Egyptian foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, said the UKâ€™s decision was premature and unwarranted and Russia has also downplayed suggestions that the plane was brought down by terrorists.