Egypt deports 5 Syrians to Lebanon for 'illegal' residency

Shortly after Morsi's overthrow, authorities began requiring Syrians to obtain paid visas and prior security clearance.

Egypt deports 5 Syrians to Lebanon for 'illegal' residency

Egyptian authorities deported five Syrian refugees to Lebanon for "illegal" residency.

A security source at Cairo airport said that five Syrians who arrived from Suez and Port Said were deported to Lebanon aboard a Beirut-bound EgyptAir flight.

Life has not been easy for Syrians in Egypt since the July 3 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi by the powerful military.

Under Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, Syrians were allowed to enter the country without any visa requirements.

Shortly after Morsi's overthrow, however, authorities began requiring Syrians to obtain paid visas and prior security clearance.

Local media, meanwhile, fanned public resentment against Syrians and Palestinians in Egypt, accusing them of supporting ongoing pro-Morsi rallies.

Thousands of Syrians have taken refuge in neighboring countries since the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad began cracking down on anti-regime protests in March 2011. Since then, activists say that more than 100,000 people have been killed in the ongoing conflict.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Egypt has said it has registered – or is in the process of registering – some 90,000 Syrian refugees.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Ağustos 2013, 14:42
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