Egyptian Authorities end sit-in of 36 French activists
Cairo International Airport - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb
By MOHAMED TANTAWY

CAIRO: Authorities of Cairo International Airport ended Thursday the sit-in of 36 French activists after coordinating with the security department of the French embassy in Cairo.

The activists staged a sit-in at the airport for 24 hours in protest of barring them from entering the country, as they were planning to enter the Gaza Strip through the Egyptian Rafah crossing border that is currently closed.

The Egyptian authorities booked tickets for the activists in preparation to deport them within the next hours.

22 activists are scheduled to leave Egypt to Paris in Friday’s flight, eight to Istanbul and six will head to Frankfurt.

On Wednesday 58 foreign female activists, most of them French, arrived at Cairo International Airport on their way to Gaza to partake in a conference there. However, the Egyptian authorities prevented them from entering as they were informed that the Rafah border crossing was closed for security reasons.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in its statement on Thursday that the activists where halted because they did not have permit to enter Gaza.

Originally published in Youm7.

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