World Bulletin/News Desk
Egypt's authorities reopened Nahda Square, Giza province, after 47 days of closure following a bloody crackdown on a sit-in camp staged by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
Ministers of local development and housing attended the re-opening ceremony at the square which was fully renovated.
The square hosted the smaller of two major support camps for Morsi who was deposed by the powerful Egyptian military on July 3. The two camps were forcibly dispersed on August 14, a crackdown that left hundreds of Morsi's backers dead.
Local Development Minister Adel Labib told Anadolu Agency that the renovation of the square had cost the government 25 million Egyptian pounds ($3.5 million). He said the infrastructure and buildings of the square were badly damaged during the sit-in and the following disperal.
"The government had estimated the damage that happened across Egypt because of the protests in the last few months at 500 million Egyptian pounds ($70 million)," Labib said.
He said Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, which hosted the larger of Mosri's support camps, is expected to be reopened on October 6 to coincide with Egypt's celebrations of its victory in the 1973 war against Israel.
The square saw intensified police presence during the reopening ceremony with detection dogs being seen sniffing out explosives in the corners of the square.
Meanwhile, Giza Governor Ali Abdel-Rahman denied reports that the government has plans to the re-name the square after Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdel-Aziz.Last Mod: 29 Eylül 2013, 21:47