Foreign tourists wounded in attack on Egyptian hotel

January 9, 2016  

Gunmen on Friday opened fire at the entrance of the Bella Vista hotel in the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Hurghada, Reuters reported.

Two foreign tourists were wounded, according to security sources who also added that the assailants had arrived by sea to launch the attack. Some unconfirmed reports said the gunmen waved Islamic State (ISIS) flags.

Egyptian state TV reported that there were two attackers, one of whom was killed and the other wounded.

Friday’s attack comes one day after a shooting attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists outside the Three Pyramids Hotel in Cairo.

There were no casualties in the attack, but some damage was caused to the hotel’s facade.

One of the shooters was arrested at the scene by Egyptian security forces, while a second was apprehended shortly after escaping the scene on a motorbike.

Earlier on Friday, ISIS claimed Thursday’s shooting in Cairo, saying a “security detachment” had targeted a “tourist bus carrying Jews” and that there were “killed and wounded in the ranks of the Jews and hotel security forces”.

Security sources in Egypt have made clear, however, that the tourists on the bus were Israeli Arabs and not Jews.

The security forces also said the attack was criminal in nature and was apparently a response to a dispute between the two shooters and one of the employees at the Three Pyramids Hotels.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)

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