This 14 September 2015 video says about itself:
Egypt Police Kill Tourists: At least five Mexicans taken to Cairo hospital.
From the BBC today:
Mexican tourists killed by Egyptian security forces
10 minutes ago
Security forces in Egypt have mistakenly killed 12 people, including Mexican tourists, during an anti-terror operation, the interior ministry says.
Maybe Tony Blair, extremely well-paid adviser to the Sisi dictatorship in Egypt, has advised the Egyptian regime to have a very broad definition of who is a ‘terrorist’? After all, the words ‘terrorist’ and ‘tourist’ both have the letters t, r and i. [sarcasm off]
The tourists were travelling in four vehicles that entered a restricted zone in the Wahat area of the Western Desert, a ministry statement said.
Ten Mexicans and Egyptians were also injured and are being treated in a local hospital.
The ministry said it had formed a team to investigate the incident.
Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto condemned the incident and said he had “demanded an exhaustive investigation by the Egyptian government”.
The Mexican foreign ministry confirmed that at least two of its nationals had been killed and said it was working to confirm the identities of the other victims.
In a statement, it said Mexico’s ambassador in Egypt, Jorge Alvarez Fuentes, had visited the local hospital and spoken to five Mexicans who were in a stable condition.
‘Mistakenly dealt with’
The statement (in Arabic) from Egypt’s interior ministry said the four vehicles the tourists were travelling in were “mistakenly dealt with” during a joint military police and armed forces operation.
It said the incident happened on Sunday in an area that “was off limits to foreign tourists”, but it did not give an exact location.
The group of tourists was preparing to camp out in the vast Western Desert when they came under fire.
According to the interior ministry’s statement, the security forces were pursuing Islamic militants in the desert, and targeted the four vehicles which were away from the main road with an Apache helicopter, which shot and hit the four vehicles.
The tour company transporting the tourists “did not have permits and did not inform authorities”, tourism ministry spokesman Rasha Azaz told the Associated Press news agency.
But a local source – who claims to have spoken to one of the drivers for the tour group – told the BBC that they had liaised with the authorities and even had a police escort.
The vast Western Desert area is popular with foreign sightseers, but is also attractive to militants, reports the BBC’s Orla Guerin in Cairo.
Last month, a Croatian engineer was beheaded there by the so-called Islamic State (IS).
The area – which borders Libya – is a gateway to the long border and weapons are available on the other side, our correspondent adds.
ISIS terrorists are now in Libya (and Egypt) because of NATO’s ‘humanitarian’ war on Libya, as the Tunisian government has remarked. And they are able to get some undeserved support from some people in Egypt because the Sisi dictatorship is not an attractive alternative.
UPDATE: surviving tourists say that the Egyptian air force attacked them with aircraft and helicopters.
An Egyptian government Apache helicopter gunship targeted a convoy of vehicles carrying foreign tourists in Egypt’s Western Desert on Sunday, destroying four vehicles and killing 12 people, including at least eight Mexican nationals. At least one American citizen may also have been among those killed in the incident, according to the US State Department: here.
Sharm el-Sheikh flight from Stansted dodged missile last August. Thomson Airways plane heading to Egyptian resort forced to take evasive action after projectile [probably fired by Egyptian army] spotted by pilot, British government confirms: here.