Mexicans killed in Egyptian air strike

On September 14th, 2015 a group of Mexican tourists was assassinated by Egyptian armed forces. According to BCC at least 8 Mexicans lost their lives in the attack.

The incident, also reported by The Telegraph, occurred when Egyptian forces executed an air strike against the tourist convoy in the country’s Western Desert. Supposedly, the operation was carried out by mistake, confusing the convoy for a terrorist group and resulting in the death of 12 people and the injury of 10 others.

CLAUDIA-RUIZ-MASSIEU-file photo
Claudia Ruiz Massieu, newly appointed Secretary of Foreign Affairs. File photo.

In Mexico the newly appointed Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu issued a press statement this morning, confirming the death of only 2 Mexican nationals in the attack. She also informed she contacted the Egyptian Foreign Ministry and has given a diplomatic note to the Egyptian ambassador, demanding a thorough investigation and an objective explanation regarding this event.

The Islamic State group (IS aka ISIS) has presence in the Western Desert, a popular destination among tourists, and in the Farafra region.  Some sources indicate the group was in a restricted area and lacked permits and/or proper authorization to be circulating there. Such claims have been denied by the agency providing the guides and touristic services.

Meanwhile in Mexico it has been revealed most of the deceased men are from Jalisco (western Mexico), including a 41-years-old musician named Rafael Bejarano.

September 14th, 2015.

TRC

"MiG-21PFM-Egypt-1982" by Photographer's Name: SSGT Bill Thompson - DefenseImagery.mil DF-ST-82-10142. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MiG-21PFM-Egypt-1982.jpg#/media/File:MiG-21PFM-Egypt-1982.jpg
“MiG-21PFM-Egypt-1982” by Photographer’s Name: SSGT Bill Thompson – DefenseImagery.mil DF-ST-82-10142. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MiG-21PFM-Egypt-1982.jpg#/media/File:MiG-21PFM-Egypt-1982.jpg

 

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