CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian police officer opened fire on Israeli tourists in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on Sunday, killing at least two Israelis and an Egyptian, Israeli and Egyptian authorities said.
A statement from Egypt’s Interior Ministry said another person was injured in the attack at the Pompey’s Pillar site in Alexandria. He did not provide further details.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry identified the injured as an Israeli who suffered moderate injuries. The ministry said in a statement that Israeli authorities were working with the Egyptian government to bring the Israelis home.
The Extra News television channel, which has close ties to Egyptian security agencies, reported that the alleged attacker was detained.
Security forces quickly cordoned off the site of the attack. Graphic images posted on social media showed two people lying motionless on the ground. Another was seen being helped by a group of men. A woman was heard screaming for an ambulance.
Sunday’s attack came as Israel battled Palestinian militants after a major incursion from Gaza.
Egypt was the first Arab country to make peace with Israel in the 1970s and has long served as a mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But anti-Israel sentiment is high in the country, especially during episodes of violence between Israel and the Palestinians.