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.”
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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