A picture taken in Cairo on July 20, 2017 shows Egyptian Shoukran Rashwan, 75, sitting on the rubble of her house that was demolished Cairo's Warraq island. AFP / KHALED DESOUKI
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Hala Gamal looks at a pile of rubble on Cairo's Warraq island – all that's left of her house after a police operation to evict residents accused of squatting on state land.As part of a government campaign to reclaim hundreds of thousands of hectares of state-owned land, police stormed the island and demolished several homes, sparking clashes that left one resident dead.The government says about 90,000 people live on the 420-hectare island. The authorities said in June that over 800,000 hectares of agricultural and building land had been illegally appropriated, but that the government had retaken control of more than 386,150 hectares.The state owns up to 25 hectares on the island, mostly agricultural land belonging to the Religious Endowments Ministry and the Agricultural Development Authority, Maghrabi said.
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