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Turkey-Egypt row escalates as Anadolu Agency staff detained in Cairo

Tensions are rising between Turkey and Egypt after four Turkish state news agency employees were detained in Cairo.
CAIRO, EGYPT - (ARCHIVE):  A file photo dated on June 23, 2016 shows Anadolu Agency Cairo office in Egypt. Egyptian police raided Cairo office of Anadolu Agency (AA) and detained four employees Tuesday evening on January 15, 2020. The employees were taken to an unknown destination.

 (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Four staff members of the Turkish state news wire, Anadolu Agency, were detained in Cairo and are being held in an undisclosed location in the latest escalation between the Turkish and Egyptian administrations.

The two governments have been at odds since the 2013 coup over former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi by current leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Though few details have emerged regarding a Tuesday evening raid on the agency's Cairo bureau, media professionals say the move may be linked to developments in Libya, where Turkey and Egypt are backing opposing sides in an ongoing civil war.

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