Egypt charges travel agency in Mexican tourist’s deaths

Mexican diplomat says Egypt charges travel agency over Mexican tourist killings

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Egyptian western desert and the Bahariya Oasis, southwest of Cairo.

An Egyptian probe has blamed a travel agency for an incident in which Egyptian security forces “accidentally killed” tourists after they wrongfully opened fire on a convoy last September.

Egypt's state news agency, Al Ahram, said Rasha Azazi, a spokesperson for the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, told international news agencies that the tour company involved "did not have permits and did not inform authorities" about their presence in the area.

Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu said that the Egyptian tourism ministry "found that the administrative authorities and the travel agency should have had more clarity on the permit, and in that sense would eventually be responsible."

Also, she added Egypt had informed the Mexican government that the investigation was "nearing completion”.

At least 12 people, including eight Mexicans, were killed and injured 10 others in Egypt’s western Oasis desert when Egyptian security forces mistook them for terrorists.

Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab apologised to Mexico the day after the incident.

Six Mexican tourists, five females and a male, who survived the deadly incident, returned their homes in Mexico on September 18, 2015.