Egypt gives islands Red Sea to Saudi Arabia

Egypt gives islands Red Sea to Saudi Arabia

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An Egyptian court Monday in a final judgment the plan of the government rejected that two small, uninhabited islands in the Red Sea returned to Saudi Arabia.

Outside the court in Cairo was the verdict with cheers when the judge of the sovereignty of the islands of Tiran and Sanafir emphasized.

The government has, according to the court is not able to prove that the islands of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The uninhabited islands of Tiran and Sanafir are located in the narrow mouth of the gulf of Aqaba to Jordan and Israel. The islands are, according to the Eygptische and Saudi authorities actually owned by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, in 1950, asked Tiran and Sanafir to protect.

In april 2016, there was massive public unrest about the intention of the islands to give back to Saudi Arabia. Egyptian nationalists see them as an integral part of the national territory. It led to rare demonstrations against the regime of president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

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