Activists heading to Gaza stuck at Egypt airport


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CAIRO (AP) — Airport officials in Egypt and activists say more than 40 women on their way to Gaza as part of a delegation for World Women's Day are staging a sit-in inside the Cairo International Airport after being refused entry into the country since Tuesday.

Among the participants from the U.S.-based anti-war group Code Pink's delegation are U.S., French and Belgium citizens.

Ann Wright, the U.S. delegation's organizer, said Thursday that a few activists have elected to return home. Wright says one activist has been forcibly deported to Turkey.

Wright says the group planned to take a bus from Cairo to the Rafa crossing and walk across the border.

Egypt's border with Gaza has been closed since last month as authorities combat smuggling and Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula.

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