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Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Tawakul Karman, Barred from Entering Egypt


Activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakul Karman addresses a press conference at the Taghyeer (Change) Square protest camp in Sana'a, April 18, 2013.

وائل قنديل: منع توكل كرمان من دخول مصر وترحيلها من مطار القاهرة

[04-08-2013][13:34:5 مكة المكرمة]

كتب- أحمد مرسي:

أعلن الكاتب الصحفي وائل قنديل أن سلطة الانقلاب العسكري جهزت طائرة، خاصة لترحيل الناشطة اليمنية توكل كرمان من مطار القاهرة فورًا؛ ومنعها من المشاركة في اعتصام مؤيدي الشرعية في ميدان رابعة العدوية. 

وأشار في تغريدةٍ له على حسابه الشخصي على موقع تويتر إلى أن سلطات الانقلاب منعت توكل كرمان من دخول مصر، وأن سلطات المطار طلبت منها المغادرة فورًا. 

وأوضح أن السلطات احتجزت توكل كرمان ساعتين في المطار، وسحبت منها جواز سفرها الدبلوماسي.


Credit: Reuters/Khaled Abdullah

Sun Aug 4, 2013, 7:56am EDT

CAIRO (Reuters) -

Egyptian airport authorities have barred Nobel prize-winning Yemeni peace activist Tawakul Karman from entering the country, security sources said on Sunday.

The security sources did not provide a reason for the ban. State news agency MENA said "it was worth noticing" that Karman had announced her solidarity with supporters of deposed president Mohamed Mursi.

A spokesman for Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood has said Karman had recently joined demonstrations in Cairo demanding the former leader be reinstated.

Karman was sent back on the same plane she flew in on, said the security sources.

Karman's Twitter feed on Sunday said the writer and activist had been held at Cairo Airport and prevented from joining protests. MENA said Karman was on a list of people who were not allowed to enter Egypt.

The mother of three, who became a figure of symbolic importance in the 2011 Yemeni uprising, is the first Arab woman to win the prize. In Yemen they call her the "Iron Woman" and the "Mother of the Revolution."

Karman is a member of Yemen's leading Islamic opposition party, the Islah, a group that has caused alarm in the west, mainly because of its most notorious member, Abdul Majeed al-Zindani, a former Osama bin Laden adviser considered a terrorist by the Americans.

The Egyptian army's overthrow of Mursi one month ago has plunged the country into political turmoil.

(Reporting by Shadia Nasrullah and Tom Finn; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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