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New information released Sunday about the attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo revealed that the six Israeli security guards who were holed up behind a metal door began to fire shots into the air when they thought that the protesters were approaching the room.
hours of demonstrating, the mass crowds managed to break down two of
the three doors that lead to the room where the Israeli security guards
were located. The security guards heard knocks on the door and shouting
‘Israel will do everything to bring you home’
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Timeline of Israel embassy attack in
The guards, who were eventually extracted by
Egyptian commandos, returned to Israel on Saturday.
began on Friday at 6:30 p.m., when a mob that reportedly numbered some
5,000 people congregated outside the building that houses the embassy,
which was closed at the time, but which was being guarded inside by the
six security guards.
The crowd started demolishing the wall that
was erected recently around the building, and by 12:30 a.m. made it into
the embassy where they broke into the consular section and the
embassy’s archive, setting fires and breaking windows. With the Arab
television networks filming, the Israeli flag was once again pulled down
and set aflame, to cheers from the throng below.
The embassy is housed on the 16th-19th floors of the building.
used both the stairway and the elevators to enter the offices, while
others jumped onto the balcony of the embassy from nearby buildings.
Anti-Israel graffiti was sprayed throughout the offices.
Foreign Ministry’s emergency procedures were activated, and Netanyahu,
Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Shin
Bet (Israel Security Agency) head Yoram Cohen went there to follow the
situation, in telephone consultation with the director of the Mossad and
Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz. They were watching the
developments both via the Arab networks’ live feed, and a security
camera inside the embassy.
Almost immediately the decision was
made to dispatch a plane to Cairo and evacuate all members of the
diplomatic staff and their families, except for the No. 2 at the embassy
who would stay on.
Egyptian newspaper al Masry al Youm cited state-media reports that 92 additional activists were arrested in Cairo Sunday, bringing the total number to 130.