Egyptian protesters break into Israeli embassy

 

After protesters broke into the building housing Israel’s embassy in Cairo, Egypt has declared a state of alert after protesters broke into the building housing Israel’s embassy in Cairo.

They eliminated a security wall around the 21-storey building and dumped hundreds of documents out of the windows. More than 500 persons were injured as protesters clashed with security forces backed by armored cars overnight, health officials said. The unrest began after Friday prayers when thousands of people gathered in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square, emphasising on the ruling military council to speed up the pace of political reform following the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak in February.

Hundreds of people marched on the embassy and later used hammers and iron bars on the graffiti-covered wall. Egyptian state media said several police cars burned destroying all.

Police used tear gas and there were also reports of gunfire heard in the vicinity.

An Israeli official said that a group of 30 protesters reached a room on the top floor of the building shortly before midnight, and threw windows

Egyptian documents in Hebrew by the Prime Minister Essam Sharif has called a crisis cabinet meeting. An Ministry Interior he said “foreign hands” behind the violence, in comments on state television by Barack Obama led by Saturday. US called on Egypt to try to protect his honor and the international mission to Israel has sought help from Washington to defend the building.

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