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8 Egyptians arrested in Syria: Embassy

Egyptians arrested entering Syria via Jordan expected to be deported by the end of the week, chargé d'affaires at Egyptian embassy in Damascus says

Ahram Online, Monday 1 Oct 2012

Eight Egyptians have been arrested while trying to enter Syria illegally via Jordan, Alaa Abdel-Aziz, chargé d'affaires at the Egyptian embassy in Damascus, said Monday.

The embassy was notified of the arrests by the Syrian authorities on Monday and the men are expected back in Egypt by the end of the week, he said.

The embassy is dealing with the procedures required for their deportation, he added.

Many Egyptians, mainly doctors, have reportedly been entering Syria to join the anti-Assad regime movement.

Earlier in September, an Egyptian doctor, Mohamed El-Hamshari, was detained at Beirut's Rafik Al-Hariri Airport after being accused of trying to enter Syria in possession of what Lebanese authorities described as illegal, highly advanced satellite transmission devices that could potentially be used to make live television broadcasts.

El-Hamshari, who was also deported to Egypt, said he was providing medical relief and assistance to Syrians injured in the ongoing civil war.

Tahrir Doctors, an organisation of doctors who treated injured protesters in Tahrir Square, has been sending medical volunteers to Syria. It also declared it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organisations to collect donations for field hospitals in the country.

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