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Cairo evicts Nile island residents for development project

Egyptian security forces and residents of the Nile River's Warraq Island are clashing as the government tries to evict them as part of a development plan.
An aerial view of Warraq Island on the Nile River on the northern outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, May 14, 2021.

CAIRO — The Egyptian government has recently announced that 71% of Warraq Island’s total area, located southwest of Cairo on the Nile River, has been reclaimed and come under the ownership of the Ministry of Housing’s Urban Communities Authority, in preparation to ultimately possessing all the large Nile islands in the country.

As part of a government development plan for Warraq Island, which occupies a privileged position on the Nile River, a large number of security forces have recently cracked down on the island’s residents to evict them and demolish their homes, claiming that they had infringed on state property.

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