(FILE) A picture taken on January 14, 2014 from the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh shows the Tiran island in the Straits of Tiran between Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and Saudi Arabia. AFP / STRINGER
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An Egyptian human rights lawyer said Monday he had launched an appeal against a court ruling which backed Cairo's proposed transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.After an initial ruling against the transfer last June, the government appealed and the case was referred to the Higher Administrative Court which also ruled against the proposed transfer, saying the islands' Egyptian sovereignty was incontestable.Lawyers who had opposed the accord said Egypt's sovereignty over the islands dated back to a treaty in 1906, before Saudi Arabia was founded.
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