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Egypt Should Rescue Hostages of Traffickers in Sinai, HRW Says

Egypt should work to free hundreds of captives held for ransom by criminals in the eastern Sinai Peninsula, as the country conducts military operations there after last month’s deadly attacks, Human Rights Watch said.

“Thousands of sub-Saharan asylum seekers and migrants attempting to cross the Sinai have fallen victim to abusive traffickers and other criminals,” Joe Stork, deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa division of the New York-based group, said in a statement e-mailed today. “Egypt’s new government should use its increased law enforcement operations to rescue victims of trafficking and end these abuses.”

Egypt’s army and police forces have launched a long-term operation in the peninsula after 16 Egyptian border guards were killed on Aug. 5 by unidentified militants who attacked a security post.

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