Protests erupt in Egypt's Al-Arish town, witness says

August 8, 2012 04:07

AL-ARISH, EGYPT - Protests erupted on Wednesday in Egypt's Al-Arish town in the Sinai Peninsula after clashes escalated between armed men and security forces, a few days after 16 border guards were shot dead in an attack blamed partly on Palestinian militants.

"God is Great," hundreds of protesters chanted as they gathered in front of a governor's office, a Reuters witness reported. The protesters demanded state protection after a series of attacks on security checkpoints in town.

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