Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Egyptian authorities detain 19 Palestinians

EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) -- Egyptian authorities detained 19 Palestinians on Wednesday, security sources said.

Five people were detained at the entrance to El-Arish, north Sinai. They were reportedly on route to Cairo, Egyptian security sources told Ma'an.

Police also arrested 12 Palestinians 100 kilometers from the city of El-Arish. Four had expired visas.

A woman and her seven children were among the group.

A Palestinian man working for Hamas security forces in Gaza was also detained in El-Arish for having an expired visa, and security forces arrested another man who had entered Egypt via a Gaza tunnel, security forces said.