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Syrian refugees arrested, face deportation from Egypt

Syrian refugees, including women and children, are being detained by the Egyptian authorities under difficult conditions with constant threats of deportation, as some critics describe their treatment as a kind of torture.
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CAIRO — Syrian families arrested while trying to enter Egypt without authorization are terrified by the Egyptian authorities’ threats to send them back to war-torn Syria, human rights activists say.

The international conventions and treaties Egypt has signed criminalize the deportation of asylum-seekers back to the country they fled, because of the risk to their lives — even if they are attempting to enter the country illegally.

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