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Interior ministry declares state of alert and prime minister summons cabinet crisis team to discuss the situation.


Israel's embassy in Cairo has been stormed by protesters who tore down one of the outer embassy walls and threw thousands of documents from the embassy's windows.

The angry Egyptians also replaced the neighbouring country's flag with their own after breaking in on Friday night.

In response, the Egyptian prime minister summoned the cabinet crisis team to discuss the situation, and the interior ministry declared a state of alert.

Hundreds of Egyptian soldiers backed by armoured cars were rushed to the embassy district and clashed with the protesters who torched police trucks and attacked regional police headquarters nearby.

Protesters played cat-and-mouse with police throughout the night, amid clouds of tear gas and smoke from burning tyres.

The group that swarmed the embassy had left a mass rally at nearby Tahrir Square, where organised protesters called for reforms by the military, which now governs Egypt.

"Thousands of documents were being thrown out of the windows, but it's unclear which floor they were coming from," our correspondent Sherine Tadros said.

"Indications are that it's pretty much a chaotic situation. Protesters set on fire two police vehicles."

Just past 3am local time on Saturday, the Egyptian health ministry said there had officially been 520 injuries as a result of clashes around the embassy. An earlier report said one person had died of a heart attack.

Nora Shalaby, a protester outside Israel's embassy, justified the protesters' actions.

"I think this is the only way we can get our point across,

"Here we still have lots of tear gas. There's rubber bullets. They're basically attacking us from all sides," she said, reffering to government security forces.
A few hours later, our correspondent said that the Egyptian military stepped in to work with police to quell protests.

"The military is actually starting to fire live ammunition into the air.

"Once again, protesters are trying to storm the [Egyptian] security headquarters.

"As far as we understand these protesters are unarmed, they've been there for hours," Sherine Tadros said.

State television quoted an interior ministry official as saying that "foreign hands" were behind the violence. Egypt's rulers often blame foreigners for unrest in the country.

Flight of Israeli envoy

The Israeli ambassador to Egypt has reportedly boarded a flight at the Cairo airport bound for Tel Aviv, along with his family and 70 other embassy workers.

US President Barack Obama was first to react, calling on Egypt to protect the embassy and "to honor its international obligations to safeguard the security of the Israeli Embassy,"

A White House statement said that "the President expressed his great concern about the situation at the embassy, and the security of the Israelis serving there".

The statement said that Obama spoke by telephone to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the two agreed “to stay in close touch until the situation is resolved."

Embassy wall damaged

The incident began with around 1,000 people attacking a wall recently built outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo to protect the building.

Using hammers and a large metal bar, the protesters managed to partially destroyed the wall, about two metres high.

Last month, Egyptians staged huge protests outside the embassy and called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador over the border deaths of Egyptian policemen killed as Israel hunted a group of attackers.

Egypt has asked Israel for an official apology and demanded a probe into the deaths of the five policemen.

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"You reap what you sow", comes to my mind...

The Israelis were foolish not to apologize for the Mavi Marmara killing.

They do realize it now and told America to get a move on and deal with the Egyptians...
However, Egypt and Turkey together ... hell -- All hell is goinng to break loose

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International agreements which are also for the benefit of each individual country should not be violated.

If it will be  "legal" or tolerated to break into foreign missions and vandalize them, it will be another loss for the world community as a whole.

Not a good idea !

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Originally posted by GreedyHyena at 2011-9-10 19:21
International agreements which are also for the benefit of each individual country should not be violated.

If it will be  "legal" or tolerated to break into foreign missions and vandal ...


Eye, I agree.
Looking at Libya is one hell of a good example

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Post time 2011-9-10 18:41:23 |Display all floors
To my knowledge no foreign mission had been attacked in Libya.

If people overthrow a dictator is completely acceptable.

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Post time 2011-9-10 20:20:51 |Display all floors
Originally posted by GreedyHyena at 2011-9-10 19:41
To my knowledge no foreign mission had been attacked in Libya.

If people overthrow a dictator is completely acceptable.


hehehe, why would the French attack an Englis, Italian or Danish Embassy to Libya, not to forget Norway, Qatar and Spain.
I thimk Belgium and Canada also had to drop some of their old munition in "Operation Odyssey Dawn" as the yanks proudly call it.

Mind you, it did help, factories are flat out to produce new STOCK for ...

OPERATION "Liberation of Church of Christ Pantokrator".
You'll need to read Constantinople's history, Byzantine period...

while at it, might as well brush yourself up with the Prehistory of Egypt, about 3000 BC.
them to will need to be liberated, dear me--- I give up. TOOO many OPERATION for the yanks to handle

liberated by WHOM????? Must watch the Frenchies, it's their back yard and they learned how to use the yanks, therefore NATO

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