Cairo: Protesters break into Israeli embassy, destroy flag
LAST UPDATED: 09/09/2011 22:38
Activists use hammers to destroy protective wall around embassy, breach entry, toss documents from windows; no Israelis injured, embassy workers not located in building; 4 Egyptians arrested as 1000s protest.
Cairo: Protesters burn an Israeli flag Photo: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany
Egyptian protesters on Friday night broke into the Israeli embassy in Cairo and succeeded in removing the flag
from atop the high-rise after they
destroyed a protective wall surrounding the building.
No Israelis were injured as Egyptian activists demolished the wall around the Israeli embassy
in Cairo during angry protests. Egyptian newspaper Al Masry Al Youm reported late Friday night on their Arabic-language website that four Egyptians had been detained after entering the building where the Israeli mission is located.
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Israeli embassy workers were not located in the building while the protests were taking place.
After Friday prayers, thousands had converged on Tahrir Square, the
epicenter of the protests that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak, for what was billed as
"Correcting the Path" protests.
of the demonstrators later marched to the other side of the Nile in
Giza, where they used hammers and large metal rods to destroy the wall,
erected this month by Egyptian authorities after daily protests over the
killing of five Egyptian border guards in Sinai.
shows the state of anger and frustration the young Egyptian
revolutionaries feel against Israel especially after the recent attacks
on the Egyptian borders that led to the killing of Egyptian soldiers,"
Egyptian political analyst Nabil Abdel Fattah told Reuters.
Egyptian police stood aside as activists tore down the concrete wall to the cheers of hundreds of demonstrators.
is great that Egyptians say they will do something and actually do it,"
Egyptian film director and activist Khaled Youssef said, standing among
the protesters outside the embassy.
"They said they will
demolish the wall and they did ... the military council has to abide by
the demands of the Egyptian people," he said.
Ministry sources, Israel Radio said the ambassador was safely at his
official residence and that Israel was in contact with Egypt, the United
States and European powers about the incident.
"Police will not
do anything to the protesters and they will be left unharmed to continue
demolishing the wall," one security source said.
Protesters also demonstrated outside the Interior Ministry, near Tahrir Square, where some hurled stones at the building.