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Thursday, 16 January 2020

Tensions with Turkey rise as Egypt raids Cairo office of state broadcaster

Tensions with Turkey rise as Egypt raids Cairo office of state news agency: Egyptian authorities on Tuesday raided the Cairo office of Turkey’s Anadolu Agency and detained four staff members, the state-run broadcaster said yesterday. Security forces took the office’s Turkish financial director and three Egyptian employees to an unknown location, the agency said.

Egypt accused Anadolu of being an Ikhwani front, the Interior Ministry said. Turkey is predictably unhappy, having summoned Egypt’s charge d’affaires in Ankara, while the US has called for the release of the staff. The arrests come against the backdrop of a spiraling proxy conflict in Libya. The story is getting picked up in the foreign press: Associated Press | Reuters | Bloomberg.

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