Anti-Assad Syrians break into Cairo embassy

By REUTERS
January 27, 2012 19:07

 
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CAIRO - Dozens of Syrians broke into the Syrian embassy in Cairo on Friday to protest at their government's bloody crackdown on a 10-month-old popular uprising, Egyptian security sources said.

A Syrian diplomat said the group had made it into the embassy's courtyard, destroying parts of the exterior gate to the compound and breaking into some administrative offices on the first and second floors of the building.

"The Syrian embassy has video cameras of the protesters that security forces and guards could not stop or push away from the embassy," embassy spokesman Emad Arfan said, adding that there were no casualties.

A Reuters journalist who entered the embassy saw broken glass and fixtures and telephones pulled off their hooks.

"I believe that this attack was planned and coordinated from earlier," Arfan said, adding that the embassy would resume business as usual on Sunday.

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