08/18/2013 08:33 EDT | Updated 10/18/2013 05:12 EDT

Canadians reported arrested amid Egypt crisis

A friend of two Canadians who were in Egypt during the past week's deadly turmoil has told a Toronto newspaper that Egyptian police have arrested the pair, but Canada's Foreign Affairs department has not confirmed the report.

A spokeswoman for the department, Caitlin Workman, says she is aware of reports that one Canadian has been arrested in Egypt but she was unable to provide further information regarding the individual.

The Toronto Star reported Saturday that Toronto-based filmmaker and York University professor John Greyson was arrested in Cairo on Friday, along with Tarek Loubani, an emergency room doctor from London, Ont.

The paper quotes a mutal friend of the two, Justin Podur. He said the men wanted to travel from Egypt to Gaza but were forced to stay an extra day in Cairo because the crossing was closed.

Podur said he received a call from Loubani around 10 p.m. local time in Cairo and he said he and Greyson were being arrested. There have been no updates on the men's whereabouts.

Hundreds of people have been killed across Egypt in recent days in clashes between security forces and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the latter seeking the reinstatement of deposed president Mohammed Morsi, toppled by the army on July 3 after mass demonstrations against him.

A cabinet meeting scheduled Sunday by the military-backed government will study the legal possibilities of once again banning the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, which has been outlawed for most of its 85-history.