Posted: Oct 17, 2013 3:07 AM
Updated: Oct 17, 2013 3:08 AM
CAIRO (AP) A leading human rights group is harshly criticizing Egypt for detaining and deporting refugees, including children, from Syria's civil war.
A report by Amnesty International charges that Egypt is not living up to its international obligations and is "flouting human rights standards."
Amnesty says hundreds of refugees have been detained and expelled, and many of them are children without their parents. The group says activists even found one-year-old Syrian twins among refugees in Egypt's custody.
The report says some Syrians try to reach Europe after failing to land in Egypt, and dozens have drowned when smugglers' boats have sunk.
Egypt is feeling the strain of caring for refugees. Two million people have fled Syria, and thousands have made their way to Egypt. More than 1 million are in Jordan, and others have crossed into Turkey and Lebanon.