Cairo's Tahrir Square metro station reopens after long closure

Cairo's Tahrir Square metro station reopens after long closure
A metro station in the heart of the Egyptian capital reopened Wednesday, two years after it was closed following the bloody events of Rabaa al-Adaweya.
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17 June, 2015
Sadat metro station was closed because of "security reasons" [Getty]

Egyptian Transport Minister Hani Dahi reopened Cairo's central Sadat metro station on Wednesday morning, after it was closed for almost two years for "security reasons".

In August 2013, Egyptian police shut down the station, located beneath Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square, following the violent dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in, held by Muslim Brotherhood supporters to protest the ouster of President Mohammad Morsi in July 2013.

Commuters overjoyed by the long-awaited reopening of the station welcomed Dahi with cries of joy and chants of "long live Egypt".

The closure of the Sadat station, located at the busy intersection of several lines, had caused inconvenience for Cairo's 3.5 million daily commuters due to the resulting congestion at other nearby stations, according to Egypt's National Authority for Tunnels.

The Transport Ministry stated on Tuesday that the decision to reopen the station followed coordination and approval by the Interior Ministry to ensure all relevant civil protection and security measures were enforced.

On Monday, Dahi visited the station to check on maintenance work and security procedures ahead of its reopening.

"We have kept our promise to reopen the station before the beginning of the month of Ramadan," Dahi told Egyptian press during the opening of the station.