MEXICO CITY –
September 14, 2014
At least 12 people were killed and 10 injured in Egypt's southwestern desert Sunday when armed forces mistakenly fired on a group of Mexican tourists, Egyptian officials said. The Mexican Foreign Ministry confirmed the incident and said at least two of the dead were Mexican nationals. It said in a statement that the victims were still being identified, and Foreign Ministry personnel were working with the families of the victims. The Egyptian ministry said that police and armed forces were pursuing terrorist elements in the area and fired on four cars that turned out to be carrying tourists. The ministry said the victims were Mexican and Egyptian.Well, at least the Egyptians had the grace to claim that the shooting was the result of an error in identifying their victims before killing them.
This is much more laudable than the explanations which Mexico typically publish when they kill a dozen of their own.
Apparently, there are still regions in the world which are more deadly to Mexican nationals than their own homeland.
Wouldn't it be ironic if it turned out that these dozen Mexican nationals were refugees seeking asylum?
Still tragic, yes; but ironic.