Travel to Turkey without permit banned in Egypt
Travel to Turkey without permit banned in Egypt –
New measure is an effort to prevent Egyptians from joining militant groups in Syria
Gulf News – Egyptian airport officials say authorities have enacted new rules that ban their countrymen from travelling to Turkey without a permit, a move intended to stem militant recruitment.
They say Egyptians aged 18-40 now need to apply for security clearance in central Cairo ahead of departure to Turkey. Over 200 people have been barred over the past 24 hours.
Interior Ministry spokesman Hani Abdul Latif says the new measure was an effort to prevent Egyptians from traveling through Turkey to join militant groups in Syria. Security officials estimate that hundreds of Egyptians are fighting alongside militants in Syria and Iraq.