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University of Edinburgh orders ALL students on year abroad in Egypt to return after two arrests

University of Edinburgh orders ALL students on a year abroad in Egypt to return home after two of their students were arrested in the country

  • Two third-year students were detained by Egyptian authorities in Cairo, Egypt 
  • The University of Edinburgh ordered its nine students in the country to return 
  • All Edinburgh students have either returned or are in ‘the process of leaving’ 

The University of Edinburgh has ordered students on a year abroad in Egypt to come home after two were arrested in the country.

Both third-year students were detained by Egyptian authorities in Cairo and later released – but the reason for their arrests has not yet been confirmed.

The university said all students have either now returned or are ‘in the process of leaving’, and they are working to minimise disruption and provide alternative placements.    

All students have been questioned by the Foreign Office and Egyptian authorities. 

The University of Edinburgh said all students have either now returned or are ‘in the process of leaving’, and they are working to minimise disruption and provide alternative placements

A University of Edinburgh spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Two of our students in Egypt were recently detained and subsequently released by the Egyptian authorities in Cairo. 

‘The University is obviously very concerned when it hears of incidents such as this, particularly when they involve our own students. 

‘We have a responsibility to act in the best interests of our students and to take decisive action when there are concerns for their safety and wellbeing. 

‘We therefore required all of our students in Egypt to return to the UK. 

Egypt has seen a rise in government crackdowns on suspected anti-government activists and protestors in the past two months (pictured: Protesters calling for the removal of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo, September 20)

Egypt has seen a rise in government crackdowns on suspected anti-government activists and protestors in the past two months (pictured: Protesters calling for the removal of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo, September 20)

More than 3,000 people have been arrested since September 20 due to protests against Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (pictured)

More than 3,000 people have been arrested since September 20 due to protests against Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (pictured)

‘All nine students have now done so or are in the process of leaving. 

‘We are working closely with the students to minimise the impact of any disruption to their studies and to provide alternative placements.’

Egypt has seen a rise in government crackdowns on suspected anti-government activists and protestors in the past two months.

More than 3,000 people have been arrested since September 20 due to protests against Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

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