Egypt orders man to jail over Israel embassy attack

Court convicts 75 others to 1-year suspended sentences in connection to embassy storming; Omar Afifi tried in absentia.

August 26, 2012 16:26
Cairo: Protesters burn an Israeli flag

Protesters burn an Israeli flag 311. (photo credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany)


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A Cairo court on Sunday sentenced a man to five years in jail and another 75 people to one-year suspended sentences in connection with attacks on the Israeli and Saudi embassies in Cairo last year, a court official said.

The man sentenced to five years, named Omar Afifi, had fled abroad and was tried in absentia.

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Protesters stormed the Israeli embassy in Cairo in September 2011 following the killing in August of five Egyptian security guards by Israeli soldiers pursuing terrorists who had ambushed and killed eight Israelis along the Israeli-Egyptian border.

The protesters succeeded in removing the Israeli flag from atop the high-rise after they destroyed a protective wall surrounding the building. No Israelis were injured as the embassy workers were not located in the building while the attack was taking place.

Some of the protesters also attacked the nearby Saudi embassy with stones.

The defendants had been accused of "attacks on diplomatic missions," according to the public prosecutor.

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