File - Riot police arrest U.S. activist Medea Benjamin during a protest march by Bahraini women in Qadam, Bahrain, Feb. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
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Egyptian officials denied Medea Benjamin was assaulted, saying she had refused to leave despite being told that the border to Gaza is closed because of military operations in the area. However, other members of the same delegation of women activists heading to Gaza were allowed into Egypt, and it was not clear why Benjamin was singled out for deportation. Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr AbdelAttie said Benjamin had a visa to Egypt, but that officials told her the Gaza border was closed.Benjamin has visited Gaza seven times before, most recently in November 2012 .Egyptian authorities have previously denied activists entry to Gaza. An Egyptian airport official denied Benjamin was assaulted, and said she was deported on orders from a security agency.
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