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Protests in Egypt over fate of Red Sea islands

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Protests in Egypt over fate of Red Sea islands

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There is anger in Cairo after a parliamentary committee approved a deal to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Protesters opposed to the 2016 agreement staged a sit-in and there were later clashes with police.

The Egyptian government says the islands of Tiran and Sanafir were always Saudi but were placed under Egypt’s protection amid Arab-Israeli tensions in the 1950s.

But critics accuse the government of selling off territory, pointing to billions of dollars Saudi Arabia has given Egypt in aid.