Syria regime opponent wins top Egypt literature prize


Syrian writer Khaled Khalifa, a veteran opponent of the ruling Baath party, has won the Naguib Mahfouz literature prize from the American University in Cairo, organizers said on Thursday.

The novelist told AFP by telephone from Damascus that he was happy to receive the award, but said his joy was “incomplete because of the severe and arbitrary measures imposed on Syrians in Egypt”.

He was referring to the 325,000 Syrian refugees now in Egypt after fleeing the conflict in their homeland.

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