Egypt grants Syrians free entry visas

Monday 22-07-2013 08:41 PM
Egypt grants Syrians free entry visas

Syrian refugees hold a large Syrian opposition flag, with a length of 300 meters on June 30, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed


The Egyptian authorities have decided to grant Syrians free entry visas into the country, reported the state news agency.

"This step comes to fully support the Syrian people and help ease their crisis," according to the Middle East News Agency.

A week before, Egypt imposed restrictions on the acquisition of visas for Syrians after local media accusations that Islamist Syrians were participating in clashes between supporters of deposed president Mohamed Mursi and the army, where many people were killed.

Egypt's Foreign Ministry said then that the new visa regulations for Syrians were only a temporary security measure that "does not affect Egypt's support for the Syrian uprising."

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