Bin Laden’s son and wife de­nied en­try into Egypt

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Osama Bin Laden’s son Omar was re­fused en­try to Egypt yes­ter­day, air­port sources said, giv­ing no rea­son why his name was on a list of peo­ple banned from the coun­try. Omar, 34, Osama Bin Laden’s fourth-el­dest son, was trav­el­ling with his Bri­tish wife Zaina Al Sabah from Doha, and they asked to be sent to Turkey, the sources said. The cou­ple, who lived in Egypt for sev­eral months in 2007 and 2008 were pre­vi­ously de­nied en­try to the coun­try in 2008. Omar Bin Laden broke with his fa­ther in 2001 af­ter liv­ing in Afghanistan for much of 1996 to 2001.

In an in­ter­view with Reuters in 2010, Omar said he was work­ing with Saudi Ara­bia and Iran to end his sep­a­ra­tion from a group of broth­ers and sis­ters that dates back to the chaos in Afghanistan fol­low­ing the Al-Qaeda at­tacks of Sept 11, 2001. Omar said Bin Laden’s chil­dren were try­ing to be “good cit­i­zens of the world” but suf­fered from the lack of a fa­ther and the stigma of be­ing the Al-Qaeda leader’s chil­dren.

None were part of Al-Qaeda, he said at the time. “We are work­ing with the Ira­nian govern­ment and the Saudi govern­ment at the mo­ment to have my mother’s chil­dren and grand­chil­dren join us,” he said. Osama Bin Laden was killed at his Pak­istani hide­out by US com­man­dos in 2011 in a ma­jor blow to the mil­i­tant group which car­ried out the Sept 11 at­tacks.

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