Egyptian officials say more than 40 people have died in a series of bomb attacks in a Red Sea resort area.

Police say the seven blasts early Saturday included as many as four car bombs, and injured more than 100 people.

Witnesses say one hotel, Ghazala Gardens, in the town of Sharm el-Sheik was heavily damaged by the attacks, which also targeted a tourist bazaar in the Naama Bay area. Officials say one blast killed 17 people gathered at an outdoor cafe.

The attacks come as hotels are packed with tourists, including many foreigners, during the busy summer vacation season.

Last October, 34 people died in explosions in nearby resort areas. Egyptian officials blamed the attacks on violence related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.