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Senator urges aid freeze to Egypt amid human rights abuses

Sen. Chris Murphy urged the Biden administration not to bypass US law with this year's military aid package to Cairo.
Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, speaks during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in Washington, DC, on June 9, 2021.

US Sen. Chris Murphy issued a blistering critique of the Egyptian government’s human rights abuses Wednesday, urging the Biden administration not to waive a congressionally mandated hold on a fraction of annual military aid to Cairo.

“Only China and Iran execute more people every year than Egypt, and many of these executions are for political crimes,” the Connecticut Democrat said on the Senate floor.

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