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Two Israelis and One Egyptian Killed in Random Shooting

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In a incident that has sent shockwaves through the international community, two Israelis and an Egyptian tour guide lost their lives in a random shooting in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, Egypt.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has confirmed the loss of two Israeli citizens who were visiting Egypt along with their tour guide. A video clip circulating online shows the lifeless bodies of two men lying motionless on the ground, surrounded by a pool of blood.

According to Egyptian authorities, the incident unfolded when an Egyptian policeman unexpectedly opened fire near the historic Pompey’s Pillar site in Alexandria. In addition to the fatalities, another person sustained injuries during the attack. The suspect responsible for the shooting has been detained, as reported by local media.

This incident is not the first of its kind, as past incidents have seen Egyptian policemen involved in altercations with Israelis along the Egypt-Israel border. In a tragic event in June, an Egyptian policeman on duty at the border took the lives of three Israeli soldiers before losing his own life. The motive behind these incidents has varied, but in this recent tragedy, the policeman reportedly claimed that he lost control and fired randomly at the tourist group following some form of provocation.

Egypt is the first Arab nation to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel. This historic peace treaty was signed 16 months after Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s historic visit to Israel in 1977, following extensive negotiations. Key provisions of the treaty included mutual recognition, the cessation of hostilities that had persisted since the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the normalization of relations, and the withdrawal of Israeli armed forces and civilians from the Sinai Peninsula, which had been captured by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967. As part of the agreement, Egypt agreed to demilitarize the Sinai Peninsula, ensuring its status as a peaceful zone.

The treaty also facilitated the passage of Israeli ships through the Suez Canal and recognized the Strait of Tiran and the Gulf of Aqaba as international waterways, which had been blocked by Egypt in 1967. Additionally, it called for an end to Israeli military rule over the occupied territories and the establishment of full autonomy for Palestinian residents, although these terms were not fully implemented and later became the basis for the Oslo Accords.

While Egypt and Israel cooperate closely on security and energy matters, many Egyptians, like people across the Arab world, still express solidarity with the Palestinian cause. This tragic incident underscores the complexities and sensitivities of the relationship between the two nations, even amidst diplomatic efforts to maintain peace and cooperation.


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