Springtime in Cairo And the End of the Israeli Embassy


Update 9/10/11: The Egyptian interim government has vowed to try those who attacked the Israeli mission and forced the Israeli Ambassador to flee.

Personally, I don’t see a trial in the near future.

The anger has not been quelled. The citizens are furious with Israel and the U.S., but the U.S., which has poured billions in aid for their revolution, has urged them to protect the mission. The temporary government is in a tenuous position at best.

Three people died during the attack, and over a thousand were injured. The Egyptian government claims they will turn any rioters over to the courts for trial.

Meanwhile, the public is not with the government position on this and they are anxious for reforms to be stepped up.  One protester, Mohi Alaa, age 24, said, “Our dignity has been restored…We don’t want the Americans’ money.”

Reuters: It was the second big eruption of violence at the embassy since five Egyptian border guards were killed last month when Israel repelled cross-border raiders it said were Palestinians. Egypt then briefly threatened to withdraw its envoy to Israel.

Israel has stopped short of apologizing, saying it is still investigating the Egyptian deaths, which occurred during an operation against gunmen who had killed eight Israelis.

Original Story: Tens of thousands of people, led by a large contingent of soccer fans, tore down a protective wall around the Israeli Embassy and others damaged the Egyptian Interior Ministry.

About 200 people were injured in clashes with the police at the Israeli Embassy and 31 were injured near the Interior Ministry, the Ministry of Health said late Friday night. Protesters tore down the Israeli flag over their Embassy. They broke into offices and threw their documents into the streets.

From the NY Times:Mustafa el Sayed, 28, said he had been among about 20 protesters who broke into the embassy. He showed a reporter video from a cellphone, of protesters rummaging through papers and ransacking an office, and he said they had briefly beaten up an Israeli employee they found inside, before Egyptian soldiers stopped them. The soldiers removed the protesters from the building, he said, but let them go free.

By 11:30 p.m., about 50 trucks had arrived with Egyptian riot police officers, who filled the surrounding streets with tear gas. Witnesses said that protesters had set a kiosk on fire in front of a security building near the embassy, and that the police had fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd from both buildings. But at 3 a.m. Saturday, thousands of protesters were still battling thousands of riot police officers. Demonstrators threw rocks and gasoline bombs at the officers, sometimes forcing them to retreat, and the police fired back with tear gas. To celebrate an advance, protesters set off the flares that they typically use to cheer at soccer matches.

Egyptian airport officials said early Saturday that the Israeli ambassador was waiting for a military plane to leave the country, The Associated Press reported.