Tahrir metro station closed in anticipation of protest over Red Sea islands deal
Egyptian activists shout anti-President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and government slogans during a demonstration protesting against the government's decision to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, in front of the Press Syndicate in Cairo, Egypt, April 13, 2016. The sign reads, "The two Islands Tiran and Sanafir are the Egyptians". REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

CAIRO: Cairo’s central Sadat metro station is set to be closed Friday over “security concerns” amid calls on social media to protest Egypt’s decision to acknowledge Saudi Arabia’s sovereignty over the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir, Youm7 reported.

A group of unknown Facebook users have launched a page titled ‘The Land is the Honor,’ and called on Egyptians who reject the decision to take to the streets after Friday noon prayers in major Egyptian cities.

The calls came after Egypt agreed to give the two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in a maritime demarcation agreement signed last week during Saudi King Salman’s visit to Egypt.

The underground station is located under the iconic Tahrir Square, where millions of Egyptians protested against Mubarak for 18 days until he stepped down Feb. 11, 2011.

In June 2015, the station was opened after almost two years of closure following the dispersal of the pro-ousted President Mohamed Morsi sit-ins in Cairo in August 2013.

More than 3 million Cairenes use the metro to travel every day, and during the two-year closure of the Sadat station, all commuters on the two main lines depend on one transfer station, resulting in overcrowded stations during rush hours.

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