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Egypt arrests citizens for showing solidarity with Palestine, while claiming support for Palestinians

The Egyptian security forces arrested a number of citizens who showed solidarity with the Palestinian cause, while the Egyptian leadership takes action to support the Palestinians.
People wave the Palestinian flag as they celebrate in front of a destroyed building in Gaza City early on May 21, 2021, following a cease-fire brokered by Egypt between Israel and the ruling Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

CAIRO — Human rights lawyers in Egypt told Al-Monitor that Egyptian security forces arrested a number of citizens in different parts of the capital Cairo, for raising the Palestinian flags in solidarity with the besieged Gaza Strip and Jerusalem. They said that some were forcibly disappeared, while others continue to be detained waiting for the Supreme State Security Prosecution to review their cases.

Hazem Hosam Eddine, a lawyer for an Egyptian human rights center he did not want to mention, recounted that he was approached by the family of Ahmed Alaa, who was arrested May 14 after attending the Friday prayer in one of the Dokki district’s mosques. Hosam Eddine said Alaa was just walking in the street while raising the Palestinian flag, without even chanting any slogans or being part of a group, when he was apprehended. 

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