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Mexico reaches compensation deal for victims of 2015 Egypt bombing
(Reuters) – Mexicans who lost relatives or were wounded in an aerial bombing in Egypt last year have reached a compensation agreement with the Egyptian Travel Agents Association (ETAA), Mexico’s government said on Tuesday.
In September 2015, an Egyptian army aircraft fired on a group of visitors parked for a barbecue near a tourist site, thinking they were militants. Eight Mexican citizens and four Egyptians were killed. Six Mexicans were wounded.
Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that after the intervention of both governments and their lawyers, an accord was reached with the ETAA to pay “financial compensation” to the victims once current religious festivals in Egypt are over.
The federation is a union of local tourism chambers of commerce. It represents the tourism industry and is not officially part of the Egyptian government.
Muslims this week celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday, one of the two most important festivals of the Islamic calendar.
The ministry, which in May complained that it was not satisfied with Egypt’s response to the attack, did not divulge details of the agreement.
Under the accord, authorities in Egypt will also erect a memorial to the Mexican and Egyptian victims, the ministry said.
Ministry of Justice drafts anti-discrimination law
The Egyptian Ministry of Justice has drafted a law against discrimination and will refer it to the House of Representatives to study it, Youm7 reported a judicial official at the ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media.
Per the Anti-Discrimination Law, a commissioner to combat the discriminatory acts will be formed in a accordance with the 2014 Constitution, the official added.
Egypt’s FM phones UK counterpart on resuming British flights to Sharm el Sheikh
Foreign Minister Sameh Shouky phoned his UK counterpart Boris Johnson Tuesday on the resumption of suspended UK flights to Egypt’s Sharm el Sheikh Airport, Youm7 reported a statement from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid.
Britain and a number of European countries have imposed an aviation ban on Sharm el Sheikh Airport following the crash of the Russian plane, which was downed over Central Sinai 20 minutes after taking off from Sharm el Sheikh Airport, claiming lives of more than 220 passengers on board.
Egypt re-asks 80 countries to reclaim smuggled money
Egypt has renewed its requests to 80 countries, including the European countries, to reclaim its smuggled money, which worth at $1.526 billion, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
The government is seeking to reclaim the smuggled money and frozen assets that belong to former President Hosni Mubarak, his two sons, and 19 of his men.
Youm7 reported that the government has asked some European countries to transport the frozen assets to the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) where they will be kept frozen until the end of the owner’s trials over charges of stealing the public money.