38 Egyptians arrested by Jordanian authorities

MENA, Thursday 2 Dec 2010

Jordanian authorities arrest 38 Egyptians attempting to cross the Syrian border illegally

Ambassador Mohamed Abd El-Hakam, the Egyptian deputy foreign minister, announced that Jordanian authorities arrested 38 Egyptian citizens -- from the governorates of Daqahleyia, Beheira, Gharbia, Kafr El Sheikh, Fayoum and Alexandria -- working in Jordan as they were trying to illegally cross the border into Syria.

Abd El-Hakam clarified that the Egyptian embassy has exerted efforts to ensure that the Egyptians detained are not prosecuted and are instead immediately deported to Egypt. The 38 Egyptians are now in Egypt after the embassy took care of their travelling procedures.

Abd El-Hakam stressed the importance of respecting the laws of the countries hosting Egyptian workers and the use of the legitimate border pathways.  

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