Egypt deports Mauritanian student arrested over protests

Egypt Protesters
Egypt Protesters gather in downtown Cairo shouting anti-government slogans

Cairo airport officials say a Mauritanian student arrested by Egyptian authorities amid the recent crackdown following anti-government protests has been released and deported back home.

The officials said Ahmed Ould Lamamy Maska boarded a flight to Morocco on Friday after Egypt’s prosecutors ordered his release and deportation. The officials spoke anonymously in line with regulations.

Mauritanian media say Lamamy came to Egypt last month to study at the Al-Azhar University. He was among several foreigners recently arrested after Sept. 20 protests demanding President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi step down.

On Thursday, two Jordanians and a Sudanese, also arrested in the aftermath of the protests, were released and sent to their home countries.

Activists say that over 2,600 people have been arrested over the latest protests. More than 400 people were recently freed.

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