It has been awhile , it has been a lot of time. Just as one would think that the case of the Egyptian POWs is fading away with all what is going in Egypt from political changes, the case returns back in the most unexpected way.
In the past two months, there has been a huge controversy about the Egyptian Saudi deal to redraw the maritime borders. According to that deal , the Egyptian government gave up Tiran and Sanafir isles in Tiran strait to Saudi Arabia.
There has been a lot of debate as you may have known. Many Egyptians as well political figures, powers and parties rejected the deal. The deal is being disputed in front of the Administrative court and it is expected to be discussed by the Egyptian House of Representatives according to Constitution.
Now as there is a huge debate currently in Egypt about whether the two Red Sea isles are Egyptians of not, people began to share maps, legal documents and testimonies on how Egyptian soldiers were stationed on those two islands and that those soldiers did not fight for a foreign territory.
Yes , Egyptian soldiers were stationed on those two islands and according to a photo that had been found in Getty Archives those Egyptian soldiers were captured by Israeli forces at Tiran Isle in June 1967.
We do not know the fate of those soldiers and whether they made it home but we know that they were captured at Tiran Island which they were stationed at as an Egyptian island.
Currently , Tiran island is from the stations of Multinational Forces and Observers in Sinai according to Camp David Treaty.
The case of the Egyptian POWs and their lost rights seem to be faded but it is still haunting us.
May God bless the souls of our Egyptian people who were and still get killed in Sinai whether civilians or military.
May God bless the souls of the 1967 Egyptian POWs.