UN decries growing 'anti-Syrian' hostility in Egypt

By REUTERS
July 26, 2013 15:36

 
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GENEVA- Egyptian authorities have arbitrarily arrested and detained Syrian refugees as sentiment against them grows, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday.

The climate of hostility has increased since the Egyptian army seized power this month, human rights groups say. More than 90,000 Syrians are believed to have come to Egypt to escape the civil war, now in its third year.

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said Syrians had been accused of taking part in protests supporting Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, who was toppled by the army on July 3.

The UNHCR had requested access to 85 detained Syrians and assurances that they will not be returned to Syria, she told a news briefing.

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