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Two Israeli tourists killed in terror attack in Alexandria

Their Egyptian tour guide was also shot dead, and another Israeli was wounded.

A market outside the Ramses Train Station in Alexandria, Egypt, March 31, 2006. Photo by Melanie Fidler/Flash90.
A market outside the Ramses Train Station in Alexandria, Egypt, March 31, 2006. Photo by Melanie Fidler/Flash90.

A terrorist killed two Israeli tourists in Alexandria, Egypt, on Sunday, the Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed.

The ministry said a gunman opened fire on a bus carrying Israelis in the Egyptian port city, near an ancient Roman triumphal column called Pompey’s Pillar.

The ministry added that the group’s Egyptian tour guide was killed and that another Israeli was wounded. His condition was unclear.

Israeli media reported that the terrorist was an Egyptian police officer.

Security forces apprehended the attacker, according to reports.

“The Foreign Ministry and the Israeli Embassy in Cairo are working together with the National Security Council, the Prime Minister’s Office and the IDF and in conjunction with Egyptian authorities in order to return Israeli citizens to Israel as soon as possible,” said the ministry statement.

The attack comes a day after Hamas killed at least 700 Israelis and wounded more than 2,000 in a massive offensive launched from the Gaza Strip, including firing thousands of rockets and sending dozens of terrorists to infiltrate the Jewish state.

Of the 1,864 wounded, 19 remain in critical condition, the Israeli Health Ministry announced on Sunday morning. According to the data, 326 Israelis sustained severe wounds while 359 were moderately wounded.

In June, an Egyptian officer killed three IDF soldiers in a terrorist attack along the Sinai border.

Mohamed Salah Ibrahim, 22, had been drafted into the Egyptian military and stationed along the frontier as a police officer.

He shot and killed Sgt. Lia Ben-Nun, 19, and Staff Sgt. Uri Iluz, 20, while they were manning an observation post near the border. During the subsequent manhunt, Staff Sgt. Ohad Dahan, 20, was killed in Israeli territory in an exchange of fire with the terrorist, who was also fatally shot.

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