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Migrants prevented from boarding plane to NY after Trump's suspension of refugees

Six refugees were from Iraq, one from Yemen

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CAIRO – Cairo airport officials say seven U.S.-bound migrants -- six from Iraq and one from Yemen -- have been prevented from boarding an EgyptAir flight to New York's JFK airport.

The officials said the action Saturday by the airport was the first since President Donald Trump imposed a three-month ban on refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

Officials said the migrants, escorted by officials from the U.N. refugee agency, were stopped from boarding the plane after authorities at Cairo airport contacted their counterparts in JFK airport.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Other airlines said they've also experienced the effects of the ban.

Qatar Airways is advising passengers bound for the United States from the seven newly banned majority Muslim countries that they need to have either a U.S. green card or diplomatic visa to travel.

A statement on the company's website says: "Nationals of the following countries: Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen ... may travel to the U.S. only if they are in possession of a permanent resident card (Green card) or any of the below visas."

It listed foreign government, United Nations, international organization and NATO visas.

Dutch airline KLM said it has had to turn away seven would-be passengers because they would no longer have been accepted into the United States under President Donald Trump's ban on refugees.

Manel Vrijenhoek, at KLM's press office, said the seven were due to fly with KLM from different airports around the world. Vrijenhoek said she had no specifics on their nationalities.

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A co-winner of the 2014 Nobel peace prize said she's heartbroken by President Donald Trump's order barring refugees from entering the United States. Malala Yousafzai is urging Trump "not to turn his back on the world's most defenseless children and families." Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban in 2012 to stop her campaigning for girls' education.

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