Canadian-Israeli citizen dead in Egypt, local authorities say probe is open

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A Canadian-Israeli man has been killed in Egypt, according to Global Affairs Canada. Dawna Friesen reports on what the Israeli embassy in Ottawa and the Egyptian government are saying about the man's death – May 8, 2024

A Canadian-Israeli citizen has died in Egypt, according to officials in all three countries.

Egyptian officials say the person was a businessman shot in Alexandria, though Canadian officials have not confirmed that information. The Israeli embassy in Canada said the person also held Israeli citizenship.

Global Affairs Canada said in a statement Wednesday it is “aware of the death of a Canadian citizen, in Egypt, and we express our deepest condolences to the family.”

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“Consular officials are in contact with local authorities and available to provide consular assistance to the family.”

The agency declined to say more on the case, citing privacy regulations.

Egypt’s interior ministry, which oversees the Egyptian National Police, posted on social media that an investigation is now underway.

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“On May 7, a Canadian businessman permanently residing in the country was exposed to a critical shooting incident in Alexandria,” the ministry wrote.

“Legal measures were taken and a research team was formed to uncover the circumstances of the incident.”

A spokesperson for Israel’s embassy in Ottawa told Global News the person owned a business in Egypt.

“We can confirm that there was a man murdered in Egypt with both Israeli and Canadian citizenships,” the embassy said.

“The Embassy of Israel in Egypt is in contact with the Egyptian authorities that investigate the incident.”

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