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.