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Egypt tightens security at Israeli embassy

Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 00:56

Sept.10 - Egyptian soldiers guard Israeli embassy in Cairo after protesters stormed the building. (Rough cut - no reporter narration)

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Egyptian security forces maintained a heavy security presence outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo on Saturday (September 10) after protesters stormed the building overnight leading to intense clashes that left hundreds injured. Israel flew its ambassador home on Saturday after Egyptians stormed the building and protesters hurled embassy documents and the Israeli flag from windows. Police fired shots in the air and teargas to disperse the crowd last night and protesters lit tyres in the street and set several police trucks alight near the embassy, located on the upper floors of a residential apartment block overlooking the Nile. A wall that had recently been built to protect the building was demolished by protesters its debris lay scattered on the bridge that overlooks the embassy and the streets around it. Demonstrators had used hammers, large iron bars to tear down the wall outside the embassy building, erected this month by Egyptian authorities after protests over the killing of the five Egyptian border guards in Sinai. Protesters had gathered at the embassy after a demonstration in Cairo's Tahrir Square calling for speedier reforms and a deeper purge of officials who worked for Mubarak, the former president on trial for charges including conspiring to kill protesters.

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Egypt tightens security at Israeli embassy

Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 00:56