“The Seventh Day” presents a live broadcast of the events of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s participation in the Ministry of Interior’s celebration of the 71st Police Day, which is being held at the Police Academy in New Cairo.
The story of the police battle began on the morning of Friday, corresponding to January 25, 1952, when the British commander in the Canal Zone, Brigadier Exham, summoned the Egyptian liaison officer and handed him an ultimatum for the Egyptian police forces in Ismailia to hand over their weapons to the British forces, leave the Canal Zone and withdraw to Cairo. The governorate, however, rejected the British warning and conveyed it to Fouad Serageldin, the Minister of the Interior at that time, who asked it to stand firm, resist and not surrender..
This incident was the most important reason for the outbreak of disobedience among the police forces, or which were called regime blocks at the time, which made Exham and his forces besiege the city and divide it into the Arab neighborhood and the Al-Franj neighborhood, and put barbed wire between the two areas so that none of the people of the province reach the upscale neighborhood where they live. Aliens.
It is worth noting that these reasons were not only what led to the outbreak of the battle, but there were other reasons after the cancellation of Treaty 36 on October 8, 1951, Britain became very angry and considered the cancellation of the treaty as the beginning of igniting war on the Egyptians, and with it the provisions of the British colonial grip on Egyptian cities, including the Canal cities, which were the center Major of the British camps, and the first episodes of the struggle against the colonialists began, and massive demonstrations began to demand the evacuation of the British.-
On October 16, 1951, the first spark of rebellion against the colonizer’s presence began with the burning of Al-Nafi, a depot of supplies and marine food for the British. It was located in Orabi Square in the center of Ismailia. It was burned after demonstrations by workers and students and completely eliminated, so that the English grip on the people of the country would rise and the screws would increase on them, so they decided to organize their efforts to fight The British were the events of January 25, 1952.--
The brutal massacre began at seven in the morning, and field guns of 25 pounds and huge 100-millimeter tank cannons (Centurion) bombed the governorate building and the barracks of the regime’s blocks without pity or mercy, and after the walls collapsed and rivers of blood flowed, he ordered General Exham ordered to stop the beating for a short period in order to announce to the policemen trapped inside his last warning, which is to surrender and leave with their hands up and without their weapons, otherwise his forces will resume the beating with maximum force.
The arrogant British commander was astonished when the reply came to him from a young officer, who was small in rank, but full of enthusiasm and patriotism, and he was Captain Mustafa Refaat. And the British resumed the outrageous massacre, so the cannons fired, the tanks roared, and the bombs rained down on the buildings until they turned them into rubble, while their limbs were scattered in their corners and their land was stained with pure blood.
Despite that hell, the police heroes remained steadfast in their positions, resisting with their old Lee-Enfield rifles against the strongest cannons and the latest British weapons until their ammunition ran out, and 56 of them fell martyrs and 80 wounded in the battle, while others fell from British officers 13 killed and 12 wounded, and the British captured the surviving officers and soldiers, led by their commander, Major General Ahmed Raef, and they were not released until February 1952..
General Exham could not hide his admiration for the courage of the Egyptians, so he said to Lieutenant Colonel Sharif Al-Abd, the liaison officer, “The Egyptian policemen fought with honor and surrendered with honor, and therefore it is our duty to respect all of them, officers and soldiers.” The soldiers of a British detachment, by order of General Exham, performed the military salute to the column of the Egyptian policemen when they left the governorate house and passed in front of them, in honor of them and in appreciation of their courage, and so that the heroism of the martyrs of the Egyptian policemen in their battle against the British occupation would remain fresh in the minds, so that the adults and youth would memorize and praise them. The Egyptian child is celebrated.