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Two Bedouin men were killed by security personnel in South Sinai’s Abu Redeis, Egypt's media reported on Wednesday.
Eyewitnesses told Al-Masry Al-Youm that after the incident dozens of the victims’ families gathered on the highway leading to Cairo and blocked traffic, calling for retaliation.
State-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported on its website that security services were responsible for the shooting. According to Al-Ahram, security staff ordered the men to stop on a road near Abu Redeis, and shot them in the head when they refused.
However, the Masrawy news website reported that the two men were killed by a member of the army in an ambush, and mentioned the frequency of clashes between armed Bedouins and the military.
Meanwhile, German news agency DPA quoted a senior security official in North Sinai as saying that police and other security services are not responsible for the deaths.
The victims’ families said the two men were not wanted by police and had no illegal possessions.