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Mexico says unhappy with Egypt's response to 2015 attack on tourists

Reuters , Ahram Online , Friday 13 May 2016
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Paramedics (top) carry the stretcher of a Mexican tourist, who was injured during an attack in Egypt, to a platform from a plane, after their arrival to the presidential hangar in Mexico City, September 18, 2015 (Reuters)
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Mexico said Thursday that it was not satisfied with the Egyptian government's response to an aerial bombing in Egypt last year in which eight Mexican tourists were killed.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website that it had sent a letter to the Egyptian embassy to express its "surprise and dissatisfaction" with the government's failure to thoroughly investigate the case, penalize the perpetrators and compensate victims.

Last September, an Egyptian army aircraft fired on a group parked for a barbecue near a tourist site, thinking they were militants. In addition to the eight Mexicans, four Egyptians were killed. Six Mexicans were wounded.

The ministry said that although media outlets had reported on negotiations with one of the victim's families, Mexico did not have any knowledge of the case.

The federation of Egyptian tourism agencies said on Monday it had paid $140,000 each in compensation to the families of three of the eight Mexican tourists killed by mistake last year.

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