CAIRO: The Sadat Metro station, located beneath the iconic Tahrir Square, re-opened Tuesday after a 24-hour closure during protests against the handover to Saudi Arabia of disputed two islands in the Red Sea.
The opening came after getting an approval from security bodies, The Cairo Metro Company announced in a statement Monday evening.
Monday, which was also Sinai Liberation Day, saw Tahrir square tightly secured and closed as well. Some protesters were arrested during demonstrations took place outside the Journalists’ Syndicate downtown, Giza’s Dokki and Nahia, while others were detained in other governorates.
The national holiday marks the final withdrawal of Israeli Defense Forces from the Sinai Peninsula in 1982, after 15 years of occupation.
In early April, Egypt announced that the islands of Tiran and Sanafir are Saudi territories; both sides reached an agreement per which Egypt relinquished control of the islands, located at the entrance of Al-Aqaba Gulf in the Red Sea, that it had administered since 1950.
Four days ago, the presidency issued a statement slamming private newspaper of al-Shorouk over publishing a story saying that Sisi had met in the past few days with his top security aides, “expressing his anger” at April 15 protests and emphasizing he “would not accept” such protests to occur again.
The Interior Ministry said Thursday it would take legal action against people who participate in the protest.