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2006-01-03 09:54:30

By Mohammed Abbas and Samer Elatrash CAIRO (Reuters) - The United Nations' refugee agency has received assurances from Egypt that Sudanese refugees would not be deported to Sudan despite media reports to the contrary, a spokesperson for the agency said on Tuesday. Egypt's state owned Al-Ahram newspaper said in Tuesday's edition that an unspecified number of refugees were being held in a military camp near Cairo airport in preparation for deportation within two days. "There are...

2005-12-31 07:37:52

CAIRO (Reuters) - The international rights group Human Rights Watch called for an independent investigation into the death of 23 Sudanese refugees when Egyptian police stormed their squatter camp in Cairo on Friday. "President Hosni Mubarak should urgently appoint an independent commission to investigate the use of force by police against Sudanese migrants," the New York-based group said in a statement received on Saturday. "The high loss of life suggests the police acted with...

2005-12-30 15:33:37

By Samer Elatrash CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian riot police on Friday stormed a protest camp in Cairo set up by thousands of Sudanese refugees, sparking clashes that left 23 Sudanese dead, officials and witnesses said. Witnesses said police beat the refugees with truncheons and used water cannon to drive them from the squalid camp in a small park in a affluent part of the Egyptian capital, where they had been staging a protest for three months. About 4,000 police ringed the site, near...

2005-12-30 12:58:19

By Samer Elatrash CAIRO (Reuters) - Some 2,000 Egyptian riot police stormed a camp of Sudanese refugees on Friday, sparking clashes that left at least 20 Sudanese dead and more than 100 police and others injured, officials and witnesses said. Witnesses said police beat those in the camp with truncheons after officials had failed to persuade them to board buses to move them from an affluent part of Cairo to another site. The Interior Ministry said the Sudanese died in a stampede at...

2005-12-30 09:22:48

By Samer Elatrash CAIRO (Reuters) - At least 10 Sudanese refugees died and around 50 were injured on Friday when Egyptian police dispersed a three-month sit-in by thousands of Sudanese demanding to be moved to another country, officials said. The head of the local ambulance service, who did not want to be named, said 20 bodies had been taken to medical centers, but the number could not immediately be confirmed. The Interior Ministry said 10 people had died in what it said was a...

2005-12-30 05:52:08

By Samer Elatrash CAIRO (Reuters) - At least 10 Sudanese protesters died and around 30 were injured on Friday when Egyptian police dispersed a protest by thousands of Sudanese demanding to be relocated to another country, officials said. The head of the local ambulance service, who did not want to be named, said 20 bodies had been taken to medical facilities, but this figure could not immediately be confirmed. The Interior Ministry said 10 people had died in what it said was a...

2005-12-29 23:42:54

By Samer Elatrash CAIRO (Reuters) - A young Sudanese girl of about four died when Egyptian police fought on Friday with thousands of Sudanese demanding to be allowed to start new lives abroad. Reuters witnesses at the scene said there were about six unconscious Sudanese, some of them young children, lying on the ground after police used force to clear some 3,500 people who had camped in squalid conditions for over two months. A doctor at the site who examined the girl who was brought...

2005-12-17 06:29:43

By Andrew Cawthorne NAIROBI (Reuters) - The United Nations repatriated scores of southern Sudanese refugees from neighboring Kenya on Saturday at the start of a program offering hundreds of thousands of war exiles the chance to go home. With a peace deal enabling the five million Sudanese displaced abroad or internally to consider going back, U.N. officials say the voluntary returns could turn into one of the biggest refugee operations the world has seen. A first group of 147...

2005-11-12 14:02:23

By Mohammed Abbas CAIRO (Reuters) - About 750 Sudanese exiles went on hunger strike outside U.N. offices in Cairo on Saturday to back demands to receive assistance, rather than be repatriated. The strikers were among about 1,500 Sudanese who have camped for over a month near the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in the Egyptian capital's affluent Mohendiseen district. "We started a hunger strike so the U.N. will hear our demands. We demand to stay here, and not be...

2005-10-24 16:47:58

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Monday authorized the admission of 70,000 refugees into the United States in fiscal 2006, the same ceiling that was set the previous year, the White House said. The actual number of refugees admitted in fiscal 2005 which ended September 30 was 53,813, which was below the authorized ceiling because of funding restraints, an administration official said. Bush issued a memorandum to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that authorized...