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Egypt’s missing activists resurface in prison

Mysterious arrests are on the rise in Egypt, leaving citizens feeling vulnerable to both the precarious security situation and security forces.
Protesters hold pictures during a protest in support of imprisoned activists who are in a hunger strike at prison, in front of the Press Syndicate, in Cairo August 25, 2014. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MEDIA) - RTR43OK4

Esraa el-Taweel, Omar Ali and Suhaib Saad had planned to have a fun night out when they went for a horse ride and a nice dinner June 1. The three friends never anticipated that they would not make it back home.

When all three stopped answering their phones, their families got worried. Ali’s sister Sara is a journalist who learned through her sources that there were dozens of random arrests that night.

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