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Egypt police fire at rally outside Israel Embassy

Egypt police fire at rally outside Israel Embassy

Egyptian riot police have fired tear gas and live ammunition overnight to disperse thousands of protesters outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo. A security official says at least 240 people were hurt, mostly from smoke inhalation but some also sustained bullet wounds.
The rally followed calls on Facebook for Arabs to march on Israel on Sunday in support of the Palestinians.
The protesters set fire to an Israeli flag, chanted anti-Israeli slogans and called for the expulsion of Israel's ambassador and the closure of the embassy.
The official says one protester is in critical condition after the violence early Monday. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to talk to the media.
A witness, who wouldn't give his name fearing reprisals, says the police used unjustified force.


Updated : 2021-04-21 08:06 GMT+08:00