Code Pink activists stuck in Cairo request return to home country
Cairo International Airport - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb
By MOHAMED TANATWY

CAIRO: A total of 58 pro-Palestinian number of Code Pink: Women for Peace foreign activists, who were refused to enter Egypt, requested Cairo International Airport’s authorities to return them back to their respective countries, a source at the airport told Youm7.

The activists were not allowed into Egypt because they intended to go to Gaza but security authorities said Rafah Crossing had already been closed that day.

Fifty-eight female foreign activists, who arrived in Cairo Wednesday to participate in a delegation traveling to Gaza, were banned from entering after being informed that the Rafah border crossing was closed for security reasons.

U.S. Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin arrived on Tuesday and already been deported, while Irish Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire was deported on Wednesday.

Four Belgian female activists requested to return back to Brussels on board of a plane that belongs to the national airways of EgyptAir. In response, the concerned authorities received the activists’ travel documents to finish their travel procedures.

The source said a number of French activists and foreigners also agreed to return back to France upon the arrival of the planes that they booked.

The French consul went to the airport for information on the situation of the French activists in the group. Minister of Civil Aviation Kamal Aboul Kheir contacted the airport’s officials to provide “the necessary care” for the activists, who are all women.

Sources at Cairo Airport said some of the activists are “banned from entering the country.”

Legal action would be taken against the activists who refuse to return to their countries, the sources said, adding that the Egyptian authorities are entitled to take any lawful action to protect national security.

 

Originally published in Youm7.

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