CAIRO: Authorities at Cairo International Airport banned eight women from traveling to Turkey Friday, Aswat Masriya reported.
The move comes in accordance with a security procedure that obliges Egyptian citizens, seeking to travel to certain destinations, to obtain a security clearance ahead of their departure.
This procedure applies to all Egyptians between the ages of 18 and 40 who want to travel to countries experiencing civil conflicts, or that pose “a threat to national security,” Spokesperson for Interior Ministry Hani Abdel Latif told The Cairo Post in Dec. 2014.
According to Abdel Latif, the restriction is set to prevent recruitment of Egyptians by the Islamic State (IS) militant group, which controls wide swaths in both Iraq and Syria. The group has been a destination for many Arab and western youth.
Requiring prior notice before departure to countries witnessing domestic violence is a standard procedure in Egypt, Abdel Latif said, adding that the list of countries includes Iraq and Syria, while Turkey and Qatar were recently added.
In his previous statements, he added that many youth can reach Syria and Iraq through Turkey.
Two mid-twenties Egyptians; Engineering Student Islam Yaken and former Soccer referee Mahmoud el-Ghandour, have announced through their social media accounts that they have joined IS group.
Countries under this ban could change anytime according to the security status of each state.
Passengers who have transit visas to the listed countries must also get a permit from the Egyptian National Security and the Public Security sectors of the Ministry of Interior.
Additional reporting by Samar Samir