Free Syrian Army says in contact with Cairo over 'arrests'

The FSA commander in the southern region said that the army would announce the outcome of the contacts after the end of interrogations conducted by the Egyptian authorities.

Free Syrian Army says in contact with Cairo over 'arrests'
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) has started contacting the authorities in Cairo to get information about reports that two FSA fighters were arrested in Egypt, a senior FSA commander said on Sunday.

Local newspapers in Egypt reported that the security agencies have arrested two FSA fighters who came to the country with the aim of assassinating several public and government figures and carrying out terrorist operations.

Yamen al-Gohari, a FSA commander in the southern region, told Anadolu Agency that the army would announce the outcome of the contacts after the end of interrogations conducted by the Egyptian authorities.

The newspapers said the two operatives were assigned to come to Egypt by Assem Abdel-Maged, leader of ultra-conservative Gamaa Islamiya, who had fled to Qatar following the ouster of Egypt's elected president Mohamed Morsi by the army.

Al-Gohari said he was confident that the two arrested people have nothing to do with the Free Syrian Army.

"They most probably belong to Hezbollah or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (Levant)," al-Gohari said.

He said that the Syrian regime had given members of Hezbollah homes in the southern parts of Syria as well as Syrian passports, which they can use to travel to Egypt and other Arab countries.

"We had earlier advised the Egyptian authorities to make sure that the people who travel to Egypt with Syrian passports are genuine Syrians," al-Gohari said.

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