350 injured in Israeli embassy violence

Updated: 2011-05-17 07:39


Twitter Facebook Myspace Yahoo! Linkedin Mixx

350 injured in Israeli embassy violence

Members of the Egyptian army stand guard during a protest outside the Israel embassy during a "Nakba" sit-in demonstration in Cairo May 15, 2011. Palestinians mark "Nakba" (Catastrophe) on May 15 to commemorate the time when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled or fled from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. [Photo/Agencies]

CAIRO - Over 350 people were injured on Monday in violence after a protest erupted outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo to mark the 63rd anniversary for the Palestinian Nakba Day.

Related readings:
350 injured in Israeli embassy violence Israeli-Palestinian violence erupts on three borders
350 injured in Israeli embassy violence Israeli-Palestinian sports talks progress at IOC
350 injured in Israeli embassy violence Austria expects end to Palestinian stalemate
350 injured in Israeli embassy violence China: Mideast unrest should not shade Palestinian issue

Thousands of Egyptians gathered in front of the Israeli embassy building in Giza since late Sunday to marked the Nakba, or catastrophe, after the Egyptian authorities banned them from commemorating the day with a huge protest at the Rafah border crossing with Gaza.

Violence took place on Monday when Egyptian military police deployed at the site used tear gas and fired into the air to disperse demonstrators who tried to break into the embassy and called for ousting the Israeli ambassador.

Some 353 people were wounded, of whom 45 were transferred to hospitals, Assistant Health Minister Dr Abdel Hamid Abaza was quoted by state MENA news agency on Monday.

Injuries are ranging between suffocation from tear gas inhalation and bruises, Abaza said.

The military arrested 186 protesters, who were referred to military prosecution for investigation on charges of attacking public servants on duty and damaging public property, according to MENA.

In addition to these charges, some other detainees will be accused of thuggery and rioting.

The protestors held Palestinian flags and shouted anti-Israel statements, burning Israeli flag and calling for permanent opening of Rafah border crossing for their Palestinian fellows in Gaza.

After the massive protests toppled former President Hosni Mubarak in February, the Egyptian armed forces and caretaker government showed a readjustment of the former government's foreign policy and adopted a more pro-Palestinian stance.

   Previous Page 1 2 Next Page  


The song dynasty

There are MORE THAN 300 types of Chinese operas but two POPULAR varieties are major standouts

Sino-US Dialogue

China and the US hold the third round of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue from May 9-10 in Washington.

Building communities

American architect John Portman and his company have developed more than 30 projects across China.

Refreshingly beautiful
V-Day parade
Revolutionary marriage