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CAIRO

Egyptian court voids transfer of 2 islands to Saudi Arabia

An Egyptian court on Tuesday nullified a government decision to transfer sovereignty of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, delivering a surprising setback to President Abdel Fattah el- Sisi.

Saudi Arabia had placed the islands under Egyptian control in 1950 amid fears that Israel might seize them. In April, Mr. Sisi returned custody of Tiran and Sanafir -- arid and uninhabited islands at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba -- to Saudi Arabia during a visit by the Saudi monarch, King Salman.

Tuesday's ruling was largely unexpected, because the Egyptian judiciary has long been considered to be deferential to -- and critics would say, complicit with -- the country's leadership. …

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