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Egypt Bans Publication on Killing of Tourists Investigation

Egypt Bans Publication on Killing of Tourists Investigation

The dead bodies of Mexican tourists being transferred in ambulance to the morgue in Cairo, September 14, 2015 - Mohamed al-Rai/Aswat Masriya
The dead bodies of Mexican tourists being transferred in ambulance to the morgue in Cairo, September 14, 2015 – Mohamed al-Rai/Aswat Masriya

The Egyptian prosecution issued on Wednesday a publication ban on the investigation being held regarding the accidental killing of Mexican tourists, reported Aswat Masriya.

The ban includes all media outlets and only allows for official statements issued from the prosecution office to be published.

At least 12 Mexican tourists and their Egyptian guides were killed after security forces opened fire on four SUVs in the Western Desert. The dead included seven Mexicans and five Egyptians.

According to an official statement by the Ministry of Interior, the tourists were killed after security forces mistook them for terrorists which they had been pursuing. Ten people who had been injured in the incident were transported to hospital for treatment.

The police statement added that the vehicles had been in an area banned for access by civilians due to the security situation.

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry meanwhile revealed that the tourists had been attacked by airstrikes.

The Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs arrived in Cairo this week to hold talks with Egyptian government officials.

By Aswat Masriya, edited by Egyptian Streets.

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