Police fire tear gas at protests over island deal

  16 April 2016    Read: 559
Police fire tear gas at protests over island deal
Police have fired tear gas at crowds in the Egyptian capital Cairo at a protest against a controversial deal to hand two islands to Saudi Arabia.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets to call for Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to resign.

Mr Sisi has faced heavy criticism over his executive decision to give away the Red Sea islands, during a visit by Saudi Arabia`s King Salman.

The uninhabited islands have been under Egyptian control since 1950.

The protesters in Cairo chanted "Sisi out" and "We own the land".

Mohamed Hussein, an engineer, told Reuters: "I`m protesting because of the overall situation in the country, not just the islands."

Some also chanted "The people want the downfall of the regime!" - a slogan from the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak - as well as "Sisi - Mubarak".

At least 80 people were arrested in Cairo and Alexandria, officials said.

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