Mexican Tourists Killed in Alleged Accident by Egyptian Security Forces

The interior ministry has confirmed that 12 Mexican tourists killed today were accidentally shot by Egyptian security forces while traveling in an unauthorized zone. This reportedly occurred during an anti-terror operation.

In addition to those killed, 10 additional Mexicans and Egyptians suffered injuries and are currently being treated at a local hospital.

In an official statement released earlier today, the ministry said that the tourists were traveling in a convoy consisting of four vehicles. The vehicles ventured into an area that was being policed by military police and armed forces who were actively seeking militants in the vicinity.

Rasha Azaz, tourism ministry spokesperson, told the AP news agency that the tour company transporting the tourists through the area “did not have permits and did not inform authorities.”

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Egyptian security forces accidentally kill 12 tourists. Photo credit: Twitter/MSN

The area in which the incident occurred borders on the Libyan border, and it is known that weapons are available on the other side of the border.

The ministry further stated that the joint forces were “chasing terrorist elements” when they “accidentally engaged four four-wheel drives belonging to a Mexican tourist group.”

Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto condemned the incident and is calling for a thorough investigation into the sequence of events.

The injured were taken to Dar-el-Fouad hospital in Giza.

The Islamic State (IS) released a statement earlier on Sunday declaring that they had repelled an attack by the Egyptian military in the desert.


Egypt’s economy is fueled by tourism, with archaeological sites and Red Sea resorts a primary favorite among visitors. Their tourism numbers have been down, however, due to many years of political and economic upheaval.



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