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Amnesty: Egypt continues crackdown on freedom of expression 

An Egyptian demonstrator waves Egyptian (R) and Palestinian flags as thousands gather at Cairo's Tahrir Square on 13 May 2011 during a protest calling for national unity after attacks on Egyptian churches, and solidarity with the Palestinians as they mark the "Nakba" or "catastrophe" [KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images]
An Egyptian demonstrator waves Egyptian (R) and Palestinian flags as thousands gather at Cairo's Tahrir Square on 13 May 2011 during a protest calling for national unity after attacks on Egyptian churches, and solidarity with the Palestinians as they mark the "Nakba" or "catastrophe" [KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images]

Amnesty International condemned the Egyptian authorities' crackdown on freedom of expression and detention of those who declare their solidarity with Palestine.

In a tweet, the right group said: "#Egypt: while denouncing Israel's attack on #Gaza, authorities maintain a stranglehold on #FreedomofExpression & assembly. They detained a man for raising the #Palestinian flag & a doctor for tweeting about past solidarity protests."

The organisation criticised the authorities in Egypt for their continued, unjust detention of Palestinian activist Rami Shaath on bogus charges, demanding his release and the release of all those detained for peacefully supporting Palestinian rights.

On Friday, security forces in Egypt arrested a number of people who attempted to protest in solidarity with the Palestinian people. Five have been released on condition that they remain in their homes. The whereabouts of Omar Morsi, however, remain unknown after he told his mother he would be going to Friday prayers and then heading to Tahrir Square to show support for Palestinians.

Security forces arrested Omar as he waved the Palestinian flag and hours later detained female journalist Nour Al-Huda, who was also carrying the Palestinian flag, the keffiyeh wrapped around her neck. Nour was released hours later.

Palestinians in Gaza have been living under an Israeli bombing campaign since 10 May. More than 220 have been killed, including over 60 children, while over 70,000 have been displaced and forced to move into UN schools for refuge. Twelve Israelis have also been killed.

READ: Egypt arrests doctor who volunteered to help Gaza's wounded 

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