Here’s a detail about the tourist attack in Tunisia you didn’t hear from mainstream news

Published July 2nd, 2015 - 04:02 GMT
Muslims working at the hotel formed a human shield to protect tourists. (Sky News)
Muslims working at the hotel formed a human shield to protect tourists. (Sky News)

News on Friday's attack targeting tourists at a Tunisian beach resort reached an audience around the world. But one detail was left out of most mainstream news sources.

Following the deadly shooting that killed 39 on the beach in Sousse, gunman Seifeddine Rezgui appeared to head toward the neighboring hotel, Palm Marina. He was stopped when Arab hotel workers from the Imperial Marhaba formed a human shield to protect tourists.

A photo was taken of the hotel staff that day, formed in a line on the beach behind Rezgui. At first they were mistaken as onlookers, but witnesses and hotel workers said they were there to defend the visitors.

John Yeomen, who was at the Imperial Marhaba during the attack, live-tweeted the shooting while the hotel was trying to secure the facilities. He later commented on the photo and the hotel employees' bravery.

 

Yeomen's wife corroborated his Twitter statement; she said the hotel staff faced Rezgui and told him they were Muslims. 

“They’d actually made a human barricade — ‘you’re not going to get past us, you’ll have to kill us,’“ she told The Independent“Everyone seems to think, ‘It’s the Muslims, it’s the Muslims,’ but it is not, it is not their way. There are no words to express how grateful we are to them.”


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