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Mexican tourists injured in Egypt return home

18 September 2015 22:53


Six Mexican tourists who were injured in a recent air raid by the Egyptian military on their vehicles have returned home, amid calls on authorities in Cairo to provide a clear answer on the attack that mistakenly killed eight other people.

The five women and one man were brought back home Friday on a presidential plane earlier sent by Mexico before being lifted by a helicopter to a public hospital for further treatment.

Mexico’s Health Secretary Mercedes Juan Lopez said all the wounded had suffered burns, respiratory problems or fractures, but reiterated that they were all in stable conditions.

Egypt says the six and the eight others who were killed in the attack last Sunday had entered a restricted area in the western desert, and were targeted mistakenly as security forces were chasing militants who had abducted and beheaded an Egyptian.

Survivors have recounted that they were targeted by bombs dropped from planes and helicopters.

Juan said that the injured had no sign of bullet wounds on their bodies, adding that most of the injuries were from shrapnel.

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