Six human rights activists, including journalist and blogger Esraa Abdel-Fattah, were released on Sunday 18 July by the Egyptian authorities.
On Saturday evening, the Egyptian prosecutor’s office ordered the release of activist Abdel Nasser Ismail, leader of the leftist Popular Alliance Party, journalist and Egyptian opposition leader Gamal El-Gammal, lawyer and human rights activist Mahienour El-Masry, as well as journalists Moataz Wadnan, Mostafa El-Asar, and Esraa Abdel-Fattah.
The releases come after the Washington warning on Thursday about targeting human rights activists in Egypt. Reacting to the indictment of Hossam Bahgat, executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), the US mentioned that these events would be taken into consideration when negotiating arms sales between the two allied countries.
Several Egyptian analysts explained that the release of the six militants was decided by the authorities just to reassure their foreign partners.