Hundreds gather at press syndicate in protest over Red Sea islands
Protesters against Saudi acquisition of Tiran, Sanafir islands outside Journalists' Syndicate - Youm7

CAIRO: Several protesters were arrested in Alexandria and Cairo Friday during demonstrations protesting the Egyptian-Saudi Tiran and Sanafir islands deal; meanwhile, a demonstration at the Journalists’ Syndicate has reportedly attracted hundreds of protesters, according to local newspapers.

Some 25 protesters were arrested in Alexandria, Shorouk News reported. Seven were arrested in Cairo’s Imbaba during a limited protest, al-Masry al-Youm reported.

A protest at Mostafa Mahmoud Square in Mohandeseen was dispersed by tear gas soon after it began, eyewitnesses told The Cairo Post, while Al-Masry Al-Youm reported that 12 protesters were arrested at the scene.

Meanwhile, a peaceful protest attracted hundreds at the Journalists’ Syndicate in a scene that has not been witnessed in several months since Islamist protests have largely subsided due to strong crackdown.

The protest was surrounded by security forces, and the protesters were chanting slogans that decried giving Saudi Arabia control over the two Red Sea islands and also demanding the “downfall of the regime.” Shorouk newspapers estimated the number of the protesters at about 1,000.

Security forces sometimes release protesters soon after detention; Masrawy reported that 14 protesters in Alexandria have already been released.

Meanwhile, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s Facebook page has been posting news about his visit to Galala plateau between Ain Sokhna and Zafarana on the Red Sea, where a number of projects are being executed. The page posted that the president has held a discussion with youth from the Presidential Leadership Program and young journalists about issues that concern them.

He reiterated that there are attempts to “destroy the morale of the country” in a form of “national suicide” and criticized the “lack of media attention” given to projects launched in Egypt, Youm7 reported.

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