Updated 01:21 AM EST, Sun, Nov 29, 2020

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Condemns ISIL Attacks in Egypt

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has condemned the terrorist attacks of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, in Egypt.

Maduro's speech on Saturday also saw the president expressing condolences to the victims and opposing the alleged foreign funding of terrorist organizations, teleSUR reported.

Three foreign tourists were wounded after two armed assailants carried out an attack in a hotel in the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Hurghada on Friday, according to teleSUR. ISIL, also known as Daesh, is suspected to be responsible for the attack.

An Egyptian hospital official said on Saturday that the tourists, two Austrians and a Swede, were only lightly wounded and in stable condition, USA Today wrote. Security forces shot the two attackers, killing one and wounding the other before arresting him.

On Saturday, the Egyptian Ministry of Interior said in a statement that two policemen named Ali Ahmed Fahmy and Ramadan al-Burhami were killed in the Giza neighborhood in the southern outskirts of the country's capital city, Al Jazeera America reported. The two were reportedly murdered as they are traveling to work in Giza's Shabramant district.

An ISIL affiliate in Egypt has claimed responsibility for the attack through a statement posted on messaging service Telegram, Al Jazeera America added. According to officials, police officers shot two attackers, killing one and injuring another. The ministry identified the killed attacker as Mohammed Hassan Mohammed Mahfouz, a 21-year-old student from Giza.

Speaking on behalf of the government and the Venezuelans, Maduro said he "expresses his unequivocal condemnation" of the terrorists' attacks against Egypt's government and citizens, teleSUR further reported.

"Once again, Venezuela denounces that these organized terrorist organizations receive funding from foreign powers that cannot conceal their desire to plunder the riches of the peoples of the South, at the expense of the blood and suffering of millions of human beings," the Venezuelan leader's statement read, as quoted in teleSUR's report.

Egyptian Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou said the government would declare extra security measures for tourists after Friday's attacks.

"The welfare of the tourists visiting Egypt is of the greatest importance to us and will continue to be so. No stone will be left unturned to ensure their security," Zaazou said, as quoted by the news outlet. The terrorist attacks are further weakening Egypt's tourism sector, which is a vital source of hard currency for the nation.

The attack concerning policemen on Saturday comes two days after a man opened fire on a bus outside a hotel in Cairo, teleSUR wrote. The vehicle was carrying Arab citizens of Israel. No one was hurt in the assault, which was also claimed by ISIL through a statement published on the Internet.

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