CAIRO - Egyptian police fired tear gas to scatter about 100 activists who tried to storm the Syrian embassy in Cairo on Tuesday to replace the national flag there with a Syrian rebel one, a Reuters journalist said.

Activists and police also threw stones at each other, inflicting minor injuries on both sides, a security source said. Security forces arrested about five of the demonstrators.

The Syrian embassy in Cairo has been attacked several times in the past year, including one incident in February when activists protested about bloodshed in the Syrian city of Homs, where they said more than 200 people had been killed.

The Homs incident also prompted protests outside Syria's embassies in Britain, Germany and the United States.

Tuesday's attack took place the night before an Arab League meeting at its headquarters in Cairo that was expected to discuss the latest developments in Syria.

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