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Deported from Jordan, Egypt journalist home after he disappears at Cairo airport

Egyptian journalist Hassan Al-Banna [Rassd/Twitter]
Egyptian journalist Hassan Al-Banna [Rassd/Twitter]

Egyptian journalist Hassan Al-Banna was forcibly disappeared upon his arrival at Cairo International Airport, his brother said on Sunday, only to arrive home 24 hours later.

Abdelrahman Fares, Al-Banna's brother, wrote on Facebook that his brother had flown from Cairo International Airport to Amman's Queen Alia International Airport on Friday, but the Jordanian authorities denied him entry and refused to allow him to continue to another destination.

Al-Banna was ordered to return to Cairo and was sent back onboard a Royal Jordanian Airlines flight escorted by security personnel.

Al-Banna contacted his family at about 7:30 pm Egypt time, telling them that he was in the interrogation office of Egypt's homeland security at Cairo airport. That was the last time he spoke to his family. However, he arrived home some 24 hours later.

According to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed is a reporter for Al-Sharq newspaper. Egyptian security authorities released him in May 2020 after he was held for more than two years in pretrial detention.

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