10 Sep '11, 12am

Egypt sends troops after protesters attack Israel embassy

Egypt sends troops after protesters attack Israel embassy

CAIRO: Egypt declared a state of high alert Saturday as police clashed with protesters who raided a building housing the Israeli embassy in Cairo, prompting Washington to call for protection of the mission. Hundreds of Egyptian soldiers backed by armoured cars were rushed to the embassy district after US President President Barack Obama called on Egypt to protect the Israeli embassy. During the violence, in which one person died of a heart attack and 448 people were injured according to state television, protesters tore down the Israeli flag and dumped thousand of diplomatic documents from a balcony. Egypt's Interior Minister Mansur al-Eissawy declared a state of high alert and the government announced it was convening an emergency meeting to deal with the crisis. Early Saturday, Israel's ambassador flew out of the country, heading back to Israel, sources at Cairo airport ...

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