Syrian civil war refugees held in Egypt begin hunger strike

By REUTERS
November 22, 2013 16:02

CAIRO - Dozens of refugees from Syria detained in an Egyptian police station began a hunger strike on Friday to draw attention to their plight, several of them said.

The United Nations refugee agency confirmed that 52 refugees of Syrian and Palestinian origin had refused to receive food delivered by a UNHCR-funded charity to the police station where they are held in the coastal city of Alexandria.

Among the detainees are 21 children, including 14-month-old twin girls, and eight women.


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