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Sudanese refugees to be deported from Egypt

[JURIST] Egypt plans to deport 654 Sudanese refugees who were recently removed from a protest refugee camp, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Tuesday. The announcement follows reports that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] received assurances [Reuters report] from the Egyptian government that the refugees would be allowed to remain in the country. The deportation orders follow an outbreak of violence [UNHCR press release] between Egyptian police and over 2,500 Sudanese refugees who had been demonstrating in Cairo outside a refugee camp, in an effort to call attention to poor camp conditions. The protesters also requested that the UNHCR remove them to a third country. Egypt's Interior Minister has formally acknowledged the deaths of 12 refugees during the conflict, but other sources say around 25 protesters were killed [BBC report]. AP has more.

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