Police deployed across Egypt's capital ahead of protests

2016-04-25 13:50
Egyptians protest against the decision to hand over control of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in front of the Press Syndicate, in Cairo, Egypt, April 15 2016. (Amr Nabil, AP)

Egyptians protest against the decision to hand over control of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in front of the Press Syndicate, in Cairo, Egypt, April 15 2016. (Amr Nabil, AP)

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Cairo – Thousands of police are deployed across the Egyptian capital in anticipation of demonstrations to protest the government's decision to surrender control of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Riot police backed by armoured vehicles were deployed Monday at Cairo's Tahrir square, the epicentre of Egypt's 2011 uprising, as well as on the city's ring road, downtown and at a suburban square where at least 600 Muslim Brotherhood supporters were killed by security forces in 2013.

Egypt says the islands belong to Saudi Arabia, which placed them under Cairo's protection in 1950 because it feared Israel might attack them.

April 25 is a national holiday in Egypt to mark the completion of Israel's pull-out from Sinai, which it captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

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