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Thousands gathered in Cairo in protest of a ruling by Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court to freeze a decree issued by President Mohamed Morsi to reinstate the Islamist-led parliament.
Egypt's parliament is preparing to meet in defiance of a court order that dissolved it last month, pitting President Mohamed Morsi against the Supreme Constitutional Court and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).
Four Eritreans and an Egyptian were wounded on Wednesday after being shot while attempting to illegally cross from Sudan into Egypt.
For the past 10 years, 20 June has been marked to commemorate the World Refugee Day (WRD). Egypt has witnessed celebrations for WRD initiated by grassroots groups or agencies serving refugees. Such celebrations were often artistic in nature, attempting to bridge the gap between refugees and Egyptian nationals. Egypt is considered one of the major centers hosting urban refugees in the global south, including Sudanese, Southern Sudanese, Iraqi, Ethiopians, Eritrean and Palestinian refugees as well as other smaller East African groups. Yet despite the large number of refugees and their presence in the heart of Egypt's major cities, the local population remains largely unaware of the causes for their displacement or their living conditions. Several factors have contributed to the lack of interest in the refugee problem in Egypt.