CAIRO: No metro trains have stopped at Downtown Cairo’s Sadat station for five consecutive days, as the station has been closed per high-level orders on Monday; the anniversary of 2011 uprising.
The station, which was recently re-opened after two-year closure, will remain shuttered for “security reasons,” Youm7 reported Friday.
Cairo Metro Company announced that the closure came upon a request from security bodies, in anticipation of clashes or violent acts on the day marking January 25 mass upheaval that toppled of the President Hosni Mubarak.
The underground station is located under Tahrir Square, where millions of Egyptians protested against Mubarak for 18 days until he stepped down Feb. 11, 2011.
It was first announced that the closure will remain only two days, but the period was extended; the re-opening date of the station has not been made known.
Sadat station was closed in August 2013, following the dispersal of the pro-ousted President Mohamed Morsi sit-ins in Cairo that left hundreds killed and injured, causing metro commuters in the city of 20 million to transfer at one station, instead of two, leading to overcrowding during rush hours. In July 2015, the station was re-opened per a decision by the Transport Police.