Egypt deports 100 Gaza-bound female activists

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Published Friday, March 7, 2014

Egypt deported Friday dozens of women activists, who had flown in to Cairo but been barred from entering the country in their bid to reach the neighboring Gaza Strip, an airport official said.

About 100 women, most of them from Europe and the United States, had hoped to enter the Palestinian enclave through Egypt's Rafah border crossing to celebrate International Women's Day on Saturday.

Eleven women were sent back to Istanbul, another 22 to Paris and six to Frankfurt, the official said.

They were among 65 activists deported over the past 24 hours, some from the United States, France, Belgium and Switzerland, the official added.

Northern Irish Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire and American anti-war activist Medea Benjamin were deported earlier this week.

Egypt controls the Rafah border crossing into Gaza, the only one that bypasses Israel, and is colluding with the Israeli occupation authorities in blockading the territory.



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