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Congress withholds Egypt aid over injured American

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has asked the Donald Trump administration to hold $300 million in military aid unless Cairo pays reparations for a 2015 attack on tourists and meets a series of human rights conditions.
CAIRO, EGYPT - JULY 26:  An Egyptian Army Apache helicopter flies over the Cairo skyline during pro-military demonstrators at Tahrir Square on July 26, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. Protesters gathered to show support to the overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi by the Egyptian military on July 3, after a speech made Wednesday by the Chief of Egypt's Armed Forces, General Ahmed Fattah al-Sissi, who called for mass anti-Morsi protests across Egypt on Friday against 'violence and terrorism'. Egyptian authori
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The top Democrat on the Senate’s powerful spending panel is holding up $300 million in US military aid to Egypt until Cairo helps pay for an injured American tourist’s medical bills and meets several human rights conditions, Al-Monitor has learned.

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., a persistent critic of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s government, has shared several conditions with the State Department for the aid to be released, his office confirmed. These include providing compensation for April Corley, a US citizen who was grievously injured when Egyptian forces mistakenly bombed a group of tourists in Egypt’s western desert in 2015. The strike killed eight Mexican nationals and four Egyptians.

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