Immigration officers have been instructed to bar Palestinians from entering Egypt, an official at Cairo airport said on Wednesday after 12 travellers were sent back.
"There are instructions to stop Palestinians entering Egypt. Twelve Palestinians were sent back to the places they came from on Wednesday," the official told AFP, on condition of anonymity.
A second airport-based official told AFP that airlines had been told not to bring Palestinian passengers to Egypt.
An official at the Palestinian embassy in Cairo confirmed the ban but said he had been told it was a temporary step and would not apply to Palestinians with Egyptian residency or who are married to Egyptians.