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Egypt reopens Tahrir Square metro station following brief closure over security concerns

On Friday, two dozen protesters held a short march in Downtown Cairo but were quickly dispersed by security forces with some were arrested

Ahram Online , Saturday 17 Jun 2017
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File photo: Cairo's Sadat metro station. (Al-Ahram)
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Egyptian authorities reopened Saturday Downtown Cairo’s Sadat metro station after a one-day closure attributed to “security concerns,” Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

On Friday, two dozen protesters held a short march in Downtown Cairo but were quickly dispersed by security forces with some arrested.

The protesters were condemning an Egyptian-Saudi Red Sea islands deal, recently approved by parliament, that transfers sovereignty over the two islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.

Several small protests erupted in cities across the country, but security forces quickly dispersed them.

Sadat metro station is one of two main hubs where commuters can switch between the city's main metro lines.

Sadat metro station has frequently been closed "due to security reasons."

It was closed from August 2013 to June 2015 — over 650 days — to prevent protests in Tahrir Square.

The reopening of the station in June 2015 was a relief to passengers who were forced to commute longer periods and pay extra fares.

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