ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 143

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Two Israeli tourists killed in shooting attack at Egyptian tourist site

Local guide slain, third Israeli injured as policeman reportedly opens fire in Alexandria

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

An Israeli tourist lies on the ground in Alexandria's Pompey's Pillar site after an Egyptian policeman opened fire, killing 3 people, October 8, 2023 (screenshot)
An Israeli tourist lies on the ground in Alexandria's Pompey's Pillar site after an Egyptian policeman opened fire, killing 3 people, October 8, 2023 (screenshot)

Two Israeli tourists were killed on Sunday when a gunman opened fire on their group in the Egyptian port city Alexandria.

The Foreign Ministry said their Egyptian tour guide was killed as well, and a third Israeli was moderately injured.

The Foreign Ministry, the National Security Council, the IDF, and Israel’s embassy in Cairo have all been working to bring the Israelis back home, said the ministry spokesman. A military plane will carry the survivors and the bodies back to Israel.

Footage after the attacks showed two victims sprawled on the stone walkways of the Pompey’s Pillar site, one bleeding from his head.

Another injured man lay on the stairs nearby as Egyptian officers dressed in white talked to each other. No one was receiving medical care.

Israeli women from the group could be seen standing next to the victims, calling out frantically, “Ambulance! Ambulance!” to the slow-moving officers.

Arabic media reports indicated that the shooter was a local policeman.

Footage on X from outside the site of the attack showed yellow Egyptian ambulances lined up as onlookers watched.

The attack took place amid ongoing combat between Israeli forces and Hamas terrorists inside Israel. On Saturday, hundreds of Hamas fighters infiltrated the country in an unprecedented onslaught on southern communities with over 400 killed, over 2,000 wounded and apparently dozens kidnapped and taken into the Gaza Strip.

On Sunday morning, over 24 hours after the coordinated assault began, Israeli security forces were still struggling to clear terrorist cells entrenched within devastated communities.

In June, an Egyptian policeman shot and killed three Israeli soldiers during an infiltration in the Negev Desert.

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