Apr. 25, 2016 16:00
CAIRO: Egyptian security forces deployed Monday across the Egyptian capital to secure celebrations for Sinai Liberation Day, Youm7 reported.
Egyptian air forces will take part in celebrations marking Sinai Liberation Day, with performances planned across the country’s governorates.
Some political forces announced that they would protest during the holiday over the recent return of two islands Cairo has stated are Saudi territory.
Egypt’s Interior Ministry has warned ahead of Monday’s planned protests that it would show no tolerance for attempts to “undermine the country’s security,” urging people not to respond to “calls inciting chaos.” According to Ahramonline.
Sinai Liberation Day marks the final withdrawal of the Israeli Defense Forces from the Sinai Peninsula in 1982, after 15 years of occupation. Sinai was occupied during the Six Days War in 1967 before it was liberated in the 1973 October War, also known as Yom Kippur War, launched by former President Mohamed Anwar al Sadat.
In March, Sisi issued a presidential decree to pardon some prisoners as a part of the celebrations. Those eligible for pardon must have demonstrated that they are “trustworthy and not dangerous to public safety,” according to the decree.
Additional reporting by Mohamed Ahmed Tantawy.