Two Israelis among tourists targeted in Cairo shooting attack

January 7, 2016  

Two Israelis were among a number of tourists targeted by masked gunmen in Cairo Thursday morning, as they boarded a bus outside the Egyptian capital’s Three Pyramids Hotel.

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.

Egyptian security forces later said the attack, which took place at a popular tourist hot spot, along a road leading to Egypt’s famed pyramids, was criminal in nature. 

It was apparently a response to a dispute between the two shooters and one of the employees at the Three Pyramids Hotels. 

The attack comes on the same day as Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas according to the Orthodox Christian calendar.

Egypt has seen a rise in Islamist terrorism in recent years, targeting security forces, tourists and minorities – particularly Christians – in the Arab world’s most populous country.

The lawless Sinai Peninsula in particular has become a hub for jihadist terror, with an official branch of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group – known as “Sinai Province” – still carrying out regular attacks, despite a massive military offensive to root them out.

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