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Egypt deports refugees

 Daily News Egypt article on the refugees expelled from Israel back into Egypt:

Egypt has deported Sudanese refugees who were returned from Israel on the understanding they would not be expelled to Sudan where they face torture or imprisonment, a security source said on Monday.

Some of the refugees returned from Israel were expelled to Sudan,” the source told AFP, referring to 48 Sudanese refugees that Israel sent back to Egypt in August after they illegally entered the Jewish state.

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR in Cairo said they had been seeking information on the refugees’ fate “at the highest level of the foreign ministry” since they were expelled but had heard nothing.

UNHCR spokeswoman Abeer Etafah said that if it were confirmed that Egypt had deported the refugees to Sudan “it would be a serious matter.”

It is illegal under international law to deport a refugee to a country where they face torture or arbitrary detention.

The Israeli embassy says:

“The understanding was very clear that Egypt was going to look after these refugees and not send them back to Sudan and let the UNHCR look after them,” Shani Cooper-Zubida told AFP.

It seems the Egyptian and Sudanese governments are in cahoots:

Refugees Commissioner Mohammed Ahmed Al-Aghbash said Sudanese were being trafficked into Israel “to recruit refugees to implement Zionism agendas against Sudan.”

“Egyptian authorities should firmly penalize any Sudanese refugees if they were found trying to infiltrate through Egypt into Israel,” the semi-official Sudanese Media Centre quoted Aghbash as saying in July.

Scary, and illegal. But it was illegal that they were kicked out of Israel in the first place. As HRWstates:

“Israel should stop summarily expelling Sudanese nationals who enter the country illegally from Egypt and reinstate its policy of allowing them to remain in Israel pending refugee status determination,” HRW said.

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