Egypt deports female activists attemtping to access to Gaza

Dozens of foreign female activists had hoped to mark the International Women Day, which is marked on March 8 of every year, in the Gaza Strip.

Egypt deports female activists attemtping to access to Gaza

World Bulletin / News Desk

Some 36 foreign activists left Cairo on Friday morning after ending a one-day sit-in inside Cairo Airport after Egyptian authorities refused to allow them into the country to continue their way to the Gaza Strip.

Airport sources told Anadolu Agency that 22 of the female activists boarded an EgyptAir flight to Paris.

Eight activists flew to Istanbul on a Turkish Airlines flight while six others left for London on an EgyptAir flight.

The foreign activists had ended late Thursday their sit-in inside Cairo Airport and decided to leave the country.

Thirty-one activists had already left Cairo earlier, including some who had been deported on arrival.

On Wednesday, Egyptian authorities prevented a women's delegation from leaving Cairo Airport on the way to the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing on the border between Egypt and Gaza.

The delegation members had planned to mark the International Women's Day, which is marked on March 8 of every year, in the Palestinian enclave, which has been suffering an Israeli blockade since 2006.

Egyptian authorities have tightened their control over the border with Gaza, repeatedly closing the Rafah crossing – Gaza's only window to the outside world.

The Egyptian army has also launched a major campaign aimed at destroying the network of tunnels linking Gaza to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, which in recent years had been used to bring vital commodities into the besieged coastal enclave, home to nearly 2 million Palestinians.

Hamas, an ideological offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the group which propelled ousted president Mohamed Morsi to power in 2012 elections, has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007.

Last Mod: 07 Mart 2014, 09:37
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