Cairo Mob Attacked CNN: 'They Were Animals'

CNN journalists described the mob that attacked them during the riot at the Israeli embassy as “animals.” One journalist was called a spy.

Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu ,

Riots in Egypt (archive)
Riots in Egypt (archive)
Israel news photo: Wikimedia Commons, Jerry J

CNN journalists described the Friday mob that attacked them during the riot at the Israeli embassy as “animals.” One other journalist was called a spy and was almost raped.

The worldwide news site reported a scene that brought back ugly memories of the gang rape of CBS reporter Lara Logan earlier this year during the Arab spring uprising against the Mubarak regime.

CNN reported that one person in the mob on Friday called Dina Amer, a woman member of another American crew, “a spy.” A  CNN producer who is an Egyptian approached to rescue the woman from the rioters, but “the mob overwhelmed the pair,” the network reported.

"I was thinking, how powerless I was because there was no police to save us," said the producer, Mohammed Fadel Fahmy. "I was worried that they were going to rape her."

Someone shouted to Fahmy that there was a nearby car, and he brought the “spy” into the vehicle, which belonged to a television crew.

“When Margaret Warner, a correspondent with the PBS program ‘Newshour’ managed to get the vehicle moving away from the crowd, men threw stones at the departing vehicle,” the journalist said.

"They were animals," said Amer.

The rioters also attacked Egyptian journalists, including a reporter for Egyptian state television. Many correspondents ran for their lives.

After the brutal and vulgar assault on CBS correspondent Logan, the website noted, “The assault on Lara Logan illustrates just how much order has recently broken down in the MidEast region which is now far more dangerous for Westerners.”