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Syrian refugees held by police after boat journeys

21 October 2013 Last updated at 09:55 BST

The BBC has filmed inside a police station where Syrian refugees are held after trying to flee their homeland by boat.

Hundreds of migrants are seeking refuge in countries such as Egypt, but face arrest on their arrival.

Egyptian authorities say they are treated decently once they arrive, but aid agencies disagree.

Orla Guerin hears the stories of detainees in Alexandria.