CAIRO, Egypt — They fled the horrors in Syria to a place they thought they would be welcomed. And they were, until Egypt's military coup in July heightened tensions and turned locals against them.
Now, the more than 100,000 Syrian refugees inside Egypt face daily threats of harassment, intimidation, arrest and even deportation. Egyptians blame the Syrians for the violence that gripped the country as the Muslim Brotherhood confronted Egypt's military. Because the majority of the opposition groups in Syria are Sunni Muslims — and some are extremists — Egyptians say they are colluding with the Brotherhood and other Islamists here.
But Syrians say they are simply seeking refuge from the violence, in a 2-1/2-year-old war that's killed more than 100,000 and displaced millions more.
If Syrian refugee Ahmed — arrested in Egypt — had known he and his family would be treated this way, "I wouldn't have come here," he says.