Court in Cairo, Egypt releases protesters

25 people arrested on Friday were released on Saturday after the court’s decision

25 people protesting against the recent agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia regarding the maritime border demarcation were taken into custody by the police on Friday. Protesters were released a day later, as decided by the justice court in Cairo.

The recent agreement regards the situation of two islands in the Red Sea, Tiran and Sanafir, disputed by the two countries. Located close to the Gulf of Aqaba, the two islands are strategically significant for the control of the maritime activity in the area.

According to the latest deal, they are located in Saudi territorial waters. The decision was contested by people, who participated to public protests and demonstrations in Cairo and Alexandria last Friday. Protesters believe that the territories belong to Egypt, not to Saudi Arabia.

Thousands of people have protested about the deal in front of the press syndicate on Friday.

The agreement has not yet been ratified by the Egyptian parliament.

Nevertheless, protesters declared that they will resume their action on April 25, with the occasion of Sinai Liberation Day.