Two Israelis among tourists targeted in Cairo shooting attack
Two Israelis were among a number of tourists targeted by masked gunmen in Cairo Thursday morning, as they boarded a bus outside the Egyptian capital’s Three Pyramids Hotel.
There were no casualties in the attack, but some damage was caused to the hotel’s facade.
One terrorist was arrested at the scene by Egyptian security forces, while a second was apprehended shortly after escaping the scene on a motorbike.
There has not yet been any claim of responsibility for the attack, which took place at a popular tourist hot spot, along a road leading to Egypt’s famed pyramids.
The attack comes on the same day as Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas according to the Orthodox Christian calendar.
Egypt has seen a rise in Islamist terrorism in recent years, targeting security forces, tourists and minorities – particularly Christians – in the Arab world’s most populous country.
The lawless Sinai Peninsula in particular has become a hub for jihadist terror, with an official branch of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group – known as “Sinai Province” – still carrying out regular attacks, despite a massive military offensive to root them out.