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Egypt Flag

The current red-white-black tri-colour of the Egyptian flag dates from the period immediately following the fall of the monarchy in 1952. Egypt's importance in the cause of Arab unity is reflected in the fact that the Egyptian colours appear in the flags of several Near Eastern neighbours.

The red stands for the revolution and the sacrifices of the people, white for the country's bright future, and the black for the years in which the country was oppressed. The central white stripe was charged with two green stars, a symbol of Egypt's union with Syria in the United Arab Republic, from 1958 to 1972, and with the hawk of Quraish, the totem of the Quraish people to which the prophet Muhammad belonged, from 1972 to 1984. In 1984, the hawk of Quraish was replaced by the golden eagle of Saladin, from Egypt's own coat of arms.

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