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Egypt puts travel restrictions on Syrians


Officials in Egypt and Syrian opposition figures say Egyptian authorities have started imposing travel restrictions on Syrians.

   The new measures requiring Syrians to get visas before arriving in Egypt began being enforced Monday.

   Egypt is the headquarters for Syria's main Western-backed opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition.

   Syrian opposition figure Haitham Maleh said he was among those denied entry Monday.

   Egyptian airport officials said the new measures followed reports that a large number of Syrians in Egypt were backing the Muslim Brotherhood and took part in violence after the ousting of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. Those claims could not be independently confirmed.

   The airport officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.

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