CAIRO: Egypt has the full right to take procedures that protects its national security, head of media committee at the Wafd Party Yasser Hassan told Youm7 on Thursday commenting on the decision of the Egyptian authority to ban 15 French activists to enter the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing.
He cited the Egyptian authorities that in 2010 declared British politician George Gallawy persona non grata over his illegal attempt to cross the border into Gaza.
Banning the French activists from entering Gaza is an implementation to the law, as they did not have a prior permit, said Hassan.
Spokesperson of Liberal Egyptians Party Shehab Wagih said that the issue has political and security perspectives and that ‘twisting the arm’ of the Egyptian state is not acceptable.
Egypt is a sovereign state and there should be special mechanisms to deal with such humanitarian issues, said Wagih.
The Egyptian people and the Egyptian government support the Palestinian case and are in solidarity with the people in Gaza, but the Egyptian authorities have the right to implement the law and secure the state’s national security, added Wagih.
In her tweet, political activist Israa Abdel Fatah called on Egyptian officials to provide details of the circumstances of the Egyptian authorities’ decision.
“Official authorities must explain what happened with the French activists at Cairo airport and verify whether they were mistreated or not,” said Abdel Fatah.
Originally published in Youm7.