Tourism federation pays $420,000 in compensation to families of killed Mexican tourists

Daily News Egypt
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Caravan in the Western desert.

The federation of Egyptian tourism agencies has paid $140,000 each in compensation to the families of three of the eight Mexican tourists mistakenly killed by Egyptian security forces in 2015.

The tourists and four Egyptians were killed on 13 September 2015 during a trip to Bahariya oasis, located in the Western desert, after they were wrongly identified as terrorists.

“The families of three of the victims have each received a bank transfer worth $140,000,” said Ahmed Ibrahim, treasurer of the Egyptian Travel Agents Association, AFP reported.

He told AFP the payment was made after the three families agreed not to press legal charges against Egypt after their relatives were killed.

Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu said in January that the death of the eight tourists in Egypt last September was the result of an infringement committed by the company that organised their journey.

Ibrahim said the agreement was reached last week.

The federation was not available to comment when contacted by Daily News Egypt.

“Negotiations are under way with the other five families in order to close the case definitively,” Ibrahim said.

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