CAIRO: Qasr al Nil prosecution on Saturday has released 25 people arrested during Friday protests against Egypt’s recent decision to acknowledge Saudi Arabia’s sovereignty over the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir, Youm7 reported.
The protestors were detained for allegedly demonstrating without prior permission, blocking roads and assaulting security personnel outside Journalists Syndicate in downtown Cairo, security source told Youm7.
At least 100 people in nine governorates were arrested during protests over the signing of the agreement, the source added.
The protest ended Friday evening amid calls for other protest April 25, which coincides with Sinai Liberation day.
A group of unknown Facebook users have launched a page titled ‘The Land is the Honor,’ and called on Egyptians who reject the decision and 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.
In a statement published on its Facebook page Thursday, Egypt’s Interior Ministry urged Egyptians “not to get carried away by tendentious calls for protests and it warns against any attempts to break the law.” The ministry also said it would take all legal measures against demonstrators.