Egyptian police said to detain Chinese Uighurs in wide sweep

2017-07-06 17:19
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Beijing - Activists say Chinese students from the Uighur ethnic minority have been detained in Egypt in a broad police sweep.

Abduweli Ayup, a Uighur activist in Turkey, said on Thursday Egyptian police have detained scores of Uighur students, including 20 at Cairo's Al-Azhar University who were told they would be deported.

Ayup said he had heard directly from some of the detainees.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson appeared to acknowledge on Thursday that Chinese citizens had been detained in Egypt, saying at a regular briefing that consular officials would visit them. He gave no further details.

Abdullah, an Asian student of Islam at Al-Azhar university, said Uighurs were being detained in the Hay el Sabia area of Cairo's Nasr City district. He gave only his first name for fear of reprisals.

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