Report: Egyptian who tore down Israeli flag rewarded

By REUTERS
August 25, 2011 15:46

CAIRO - An Egyptian provincial governor has rewarded a protester who tore down the flag from the Israeli embassy in Cairo with a job, new home and honorary shield, newspapers reported on Thursday.

Ahmad al-Shahat shot to fame after scaling the tall building, removing the Israeli flag and replacing it with Egypt's national colors as hundreds demonstrated outside the embassy on Saturday night.

Video images of Shahat clambering up the building swept the Internet and set off a flurry of "Flagman" postings on social network Twitter.

The protest erupted on Friday over the killing of five Egyptian border guards during an Israeli operation against gunmen who had killed eight Israelis.


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