Over 350 hurt in Israel embassy protest in Cairo

Reports of injured come after hundreds gather in front of embassy in Nakba Day protest; 45 people transferred to hospital.

May 16, 2011 15:36
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Egyptian protesters burn an Israeli flag.

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CAIRO - More than 350 people were injured in a protest outside Israel's embassy in Cairo to mark the displacement of Palestinians at the 1948 creation of the Jewish state, the Egyptian state news agency said on Monday.

Several hundred protesters gathered in front of the embassy in the Egyptian capital late on Sunday on the anniversary of Nakba Day.

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Police fired tear gas to force back demonstrators who broke through a barricade in front of the embassy, witnesses said. The army later detained 186 people, the MENA news agency reported.

"The injuries varied from suffocation caused by tear gas and bruises to minor injuries caused by shoving," MENA quoted a senior health ministry official, Abdel Hamid Abaza, as saying.

It said 353 people were injured outside the embassy, of which 45 were transferred to hospitals.

Egypt's interim military rulers have come under popular pressure to adopt a more pro-Palestinian stance since a popular uprising ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February.

Many Egyptians regarded Mubarak, a US ally, as too soft on Israel and want their new government to do more to help the Palestinians.

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