Published Sunday, 18 August 2013
A supporter of deposed Egyptian President sits on the floor of the Fateh Mosque (© Getty)
The three women and a teenage boy - who are the children of Hussein Halawa, the Imam of Ireland's biggest mosque in Dublin - had been on holiday in the country.
They were among the hundreds of people who became trapped in the Al Fateh mosque in Cairo when it was surrounded by security forces on Friday.
It is understood two of the siblings, 21-year-old Omaima and 23-year-old Fatima, were detained by Egyptian authorities after being forced to leave the building on Saturday.
However it is unclear where they have been held, and the whereabouts of their other sister, Somaia, who is 27, and 17-year-old brother Ibrihim, is also unknown.
Speaking from their home at Firhouse, Dublin, their sister Nasaybi Malawa said the family was trying to stay strong but were extremely concerned.
She said: "We do not know anything about them. We do not know where they have been taken. We do not know if they are in one of the police stations in Cairo or somewhere else. We don't even know where to start looking."
The siblings sought refuge in the mosque after 80 people were killed during clashes between supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi and the security forces.
Teargas was fired and heavy gunfire was heard before the building was cleared.
"We are trying to cope," added Ms Malawa. "We are trying to be strong so we can do something for them. We have a hope that everything will be fine."
A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said they are continuing to liaise with authorities in Egypt.
He said: "We are in ongoing contact with the Egyptian authorities in relation to the safety and well-being of all Irish citizens involved. We are also involved with the family in Dublin."
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