100s Protesters try to storm Syria embassy in Egypt

By IndepthAfrica
In Egypt
Jul 19th, 2012
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Protesters throw stones at army soldiers during clashes at Abbasiya square near Egypt’s Defence Ministry in Cairo May 4, 2012. Egypt’s army imposed an overnight curfew around the defence ministry in Cairo on Friday after protesters clashed with troops there during demonstrations against the country’s military rulers, leaving one soldier dead and 373 people wounded. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (EGYPT – Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)

Cairo – Egyptian security forces have fired tear gas to push back several hundred protesters trying to storm the Syrian Embassy in Cairo and raise the green-striped flag of Syria’s rebels.

A security official says that 14 people were detained. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Cairo is home to a large community of Syrian opposition figures, who have set up a tent in Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt’s own protest movement.

In January, activists protested outside the Syrian Embassy and stormed it, tearing down the Syrian flag and pulling President Bashar Assad’s picture down, then stomping on it.

In another incident this year, protesters set fire to part of the embassy.

Wednesday’s protest follows a bombing in Damascus that killed three senior security figures.

- AP

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