Canadian Shi'ites barred from entering Egypt

Egypt barred 61 Canadian Shi'ites from entering the country on Sunday.

Canadian Shi'ites barred from entering Egypt

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egypt stopped 61 Canadian Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims from entering the country and decided to hold them at Cairo airport until their onward flight, security officials said on Sunday.

The Canadians landed in Egypt from Iraq to complete a pilgrimage to Shi'ite sites in the region, but were kept out on the orders of security authorities, said airport security officials who gave no further explanation.

Canadians are usually allowed into Egypt with a visa bought upon arrival.

A spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said Ottawa would react later on Sunday.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Ocak 2014, 11:14