Egypt: Protesters Tear Down Embassy Wall, Remove Israeli Flag
Just a short while after it was put up, hundreds of Egyptian protesters tore down on Friday the security wall that had recently been put up near the entrance of the Israeli Embassy in Cairo.
The Associated Press reported that Egyptian security forces did not intervene as crowds climbed the embassy security wall, pummeled it with hammers and tore away large sections of the barrier.
Israel's Channel 10 News reported that after bringing down the wall, the protesters managed to overcome all the heavy security around the 21-storey building which houses the Israeli Embassy and were even able to climb onto the floor on which the embassy is located.
The Associated Press reported that just before midnight local time, a group of protesters reached a room on one of the embassy’s lower floors at the top of the building and began dumping Hebrew-language documents from the windows.
An Israeli official confirmed in a conversation with AP the embassy had been broken into, saying it appeared the group reached a waiting room on the lower floor. IDF Army Radio reported that there were no embassy employees in the building at the time of the break-in.
Both Channel 10 and Army Radio reported that, just as they did last month, the protesters also tore down the Israeli flag from the building.
Channel 10 noted that the Egyptian security forces let the protesters do as they please after being pelted with stones when they tried to stop them. There were varying reports as to how many people were injured in the clashes that broke out and the numbers were ranging from 55 injuries to as many as 187. No Israelis, however, were injured.
The protesters had marched to the embassy from Cairo’s Tahrir Square, where thousands more demonstrated Friday against the pace of reform under the country’s military rulers.
The security wall that was destroyed was put up just last week to protect the embassy following recent demonstrations outside the building and anti-Israeli calls that were made in Egypt.
(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)