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Amnesty for 2957 prisoners in Egypt

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — In Egypt today, 2957 prison inmates were released, in implementation of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s decision to celebrate the Police Day, and 68 years have passed since the epic battle of Ismailia.

The amnesty also included the conditional release of 498 prisoners.

The Egyptian Ministry of the Interior indicated that the decision to release comes “within its eagerness to implement the punitive policy in its modern concept, to provide various aspects of care to inmates, and to activate the executive role of the methods of releasing the convicts who were qualified to reintegrate into society.”

It is noteworthy that the battle in Ismailia on January 25, 1952, between the Egyptian police and British forces, erupted after the police refused the British ultimatum to hand over their weapons and withdraw to Cairo.

During the fighting, the British used artillery and tanks against policemen armed with old rifles. The fighting resulted in the death of 56 Egyptians and the injury of 80 others, while British officers killed 13 people and wounded 12, and the British captured the surviving Egyptian policemen.

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