Teens arrested after appearing in video harassing tourists at Giza Pyramids

Ahram Online , Saturday 7 May 2022

Egypt’s security forces arrested teens who were filmed harassing two foreign tourists at the Giza Pyramids during Eid El-Fitr in a video clip that went viral online in the past two days.

File Photo: Tourists visit the historical site of the Giza Pyramids in Giza, near Cairo, Egypt. AP


According to the Egyptian Ministry of Interior, the security authorities managed to identify and arrest the 13 teens who appeared in the video, who are between 13-15 years old.

The 38-second-long video clip went viral on social networks in Egypt over the past 48 hours showing a group of teens following and harassing two tourists at the pyramids, causing huge anger among social media users who demanded the authorities arrest the teens.

The teens stated that they were visiting the Giza Pyramids during the Eid El-Fitr holiday adding they only wanted to talk and take photos with the tourists, with no intention of sexually harassing them, the ministry statement read.

The ministry added that one of the tourist guides filmed the clip and shared it in a WhatsApp group for guides, while another shared the clip on social media.

Legal procedures were being taken and the issue was referred to the Public Prosecution, according to the Ministry of Interior.

In recent years, the interior ministry has deployed female police officers to the street to combat sexual harassment during the Eid holiday.

Egypt criminalised sexual harassment in 2014 with jail terms for offenders from six months up to three years, and/or hefty fines.

In 2019, parliament passed a law to keep the identity of victims of sexual assault and harassment confidential to protect their reputation and encourage them to file police reports.

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