September 10, 2011

Egyptian people cut diplomatic relations with Israel

The Guardian is reporting that the Israeli embassy in Cairo has been stormed and broken into by Ehyptian protesters:

Egypt declared a state of alert early this morning after a group of 30 protesters broke into the Israeli embassy in Cairo last night and dumped hundreds of documents out of the windows.
The storming of the building came after a day of demonstrations outside where crowds swinging sledgehammers and using their bare hands tore apart the embassy's security wall. Hundreds of people converged on the embassy throughout the afternoon and into the night, tearing down large sections of the graffiti-covered security wall outside the 21-storey building. For hours, security forces made no attempt to intervene.
The BBC is reporting that the Egyptian security forces are now intervening and actually shooting at protesters:

Security forces fired tear gas and drove armoured vehicles at protesters, who responded by throwing stones and petrol bombs. Hundreds were injured.
The protesters broke into the embassy building, entering consular offices and throwing out documents, officials said.
Israel's ambassador has flown out of Egypt back to Tel Aviv.
Hundreds of protesters remain near the embassy, burning tyres in the street, chanting slogans against Egypt's military rulers.
Egypt's governing military council is meeting later on Saturday to address the situation, says the BBC's Bethany Bell in Cairo.
Riot police remain on the streets and live gunshots have been heard, our correspondent says, while the air is still thick with tear gas.
And here's al Jazeera:


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