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Egypt detains 12 Palestinians at Cairo airport

Image of Cairo International Airport [file photo]
Cairo International Airport [file photo]

Egyptian authorities detained 12 Palestinians at Cairo International Airport since Thursday, local official sources reported today, a week after it reopened the Rafah border crossing to allow Palestinians to travel in and out of the Gaza Strip.

The sources explained that the security officers at the airport have prevented Palestinians from neither entering the country nor departing to their homeland in Gaza “without a reason.” The detainees were also prevented to meet to anybody.

The detainees included one of the victims of the 2014 Gaza war, Musab Zaher, who was receiving his medical treatment abroad.

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On Friday, Egypt detained a senior Hamas official at the airport on his way back from Saudi Arabia to the Palestinian enclave after Cairo airport security found “issues in the security approval for his entrance to the country.”

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