A military delegation is set to meet with Qursaya residents Monday in an attempt to resolve the conflict that erupted this weekend over ownership of the island, Giza Governor Ali Abdel Rahman said.
Two people were killed and several others, including soldiers, were injured Sunday after local residents refused to evacuate the island, claiming the land belonged to them.
Soldiers had turned the Bahr al-Azam Street into a bunker while deployed in the area, but residents reclaimed the street after the forces left.
Army spokesperson Ahmed Mohamed Ali claimed in a statement that the Armed Forces are registered at the notary as the owner of the land.
Abdel Rahman said the situation would return to normal soon, saying the Armed Forces would never intentionally harm any citizen.
Meanwhile, Giza security chief Ahmed Salem al-Naghy met with Qursaya residents Sunday. The two sides agreed to reopen Bahr al-Azam Street after residents had blocked it in protest.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm