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Saudi-Egyptian deal on Red Sea sparks anger

Thousands took to social media networks to express their shock and anger following the Saudi-Egyptian on the two Red Sea Islands

NEWS, Business, Egypt, Islands, Red Sea, Saudi

Egypt's decision to cede sovereignty over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia has sparked anger.

Egyptians took to social media networks to express their shock and anger upon hearing the news, Reuters reported.

The announcement was made during King Salman's five-day visit to Egypt. 

Legal action is expected from parties opposed to the move and the decision still needs to be ratified by Egypt’s parliament.

Following a six-year negotiation process, the Egyptian Government revealed that a deal had been signed to hand over the islands of Tiran and Sanafir.

Generations of Egyptian schoolchildren have been taught that the islands – known for their fishing and diving – were Egyptian.

Officials from both sides insisted the islands had always been Saudi territory, despite being under Egyptian control since 1950. 

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