CAIRO: A day after being released, a total of 25 people who protested against Egypt’s handing over two disputed islands to Saudi Arabia were re-sentenced to 15 days in jail pending investigations.
The protesters face charges of “inciting riots” during Friday protests against the deal signed between Cairo and Riyadh, per which Egypt relinquished control of the islands of Tiran and Sanafir, located at the entrance of Al-Aqaba Gulf.
On Saturday, the Qasr al Nil prosecution released the protesters arrested Friday for allegedly demonstrating without prior permission, blocking roads and assaulting security personnel outside the Journalists’ Syndicate in downtown Cairo. However, the same prosecution decided to keep the protesters in custody pending investigations in the following day.
At least 100 people in nine governorates were arrested during protests over the signing of the agreement, a security official told Youm7.
The treaty between both countries ignited public anger against the deal and criticism against the government. Facebook users created an event calling Egyptians to take to streets against the decision of the two islands April 15.
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry released documents claiming that two islands have historically belonged to the Kingdom, while Facebook users circulated map from the Alexandria Library shows the islands included in territory of the Sinai Peninsula dating back to era of Ismail Pasha, the Khedive of Egypt and Sudan from 1863 to 1879. They also circulated a video footage for late Egyptian President Gamal Nasser says that the lands are located in Egypt’s territorial waters.