Egypt has walled off Israel's embassy in Cairo after tensions between the two
countries sparked a series of angry protests that reached a climax last month
when a demonstrator scaled the building and removed the Israeli flag.
work began on the wall a few days ago, many Egyptians gathered nearby to show
their displeasure. Some sprayed "The people want the fall of the wall" onto its
Egyptian officials said the mainly concrete barrier,
roughly 2 1/2 metres (8 feet) high, was to protect other residents of the
high-rise embassy building, not the Israeli mission.
"The goal ... is to
protect the lower floors of the building and prevent tensions between protesters
and residents," daily newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm quoted local governor Ali
Abdel-Rahman as saying.