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Ibrihim Halawa with sisters Fatima, Omaima and Somaia. Photo by: PA

Four Irish being held in Cairo are well and have not been charged

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Ibrihim Halawa with sisters Fatima, Omaima and Somaia. Photo by: PA

The four Irish siblings being held in Cairo, Egypt, have not had any charges brought against them.

A consular official from the Irish embassy has visited with the Halawa family at the detention center where they were jailed.

Sisters Omaima Halawa, (20) Fatima (22), and Somaia (27), and their 17-year-old brother Ibrihim all have Irish passports. They are the children of Hussein Halawa, the Imam of Ireland's biggest mosque.

The four Irish citizens, who were vacationing in the area, had sought refuge in the Al Fateh mosque after numerous people were killed in clashes between supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi and the security forces. They were held at Tora prison.

It is believed that almost 900 people died in the violent clashes last week.

According to government reports a medic was called on to treat a minor hand injury suffered by Ibrihim, but otherwise the four siblings are well.

Joe Costello, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said, “I'm glad that we've been able to report that they are in good spirits.

"No charges have been preferred at this time and, naturally enough, we are delighted to have had a chance to meet with them.

"It was the first time there has been any access since they were detained."

He added, "Officials are in contact with the family here in Dublin and relayed this information to them immediately. Our primary concern has always been for the welfare of the four siblings, and I'm glad that we've managed to establish access to them."

The Embassy of Ireland in Egypt are liaising with Egyptian authorities.

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