Arab Spring: Hundreds of Egyptians Tear Down Concrete Wall Protecting Israeli Embassy

UPDATE: Protesters Breach Building, Dump Hebrew-Language Documents Out Window, Ambassador Evacuated…

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…Egyptians demolish a concrete wall built around a building housing the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, to protect it against demonstrators Friday, Sept. 9, 2011. Hundreds of Egyptian protesters tore down parts of a graffiti-covered security wall that had recently been put up near the entrance of the Israeli Embassy in Cairo. Egyptian security forces did not intervene as crowds climbed the embassy security wall, pummeled it with hammers and tore away large sections of the barrier. (AP Photos/Khalil Hamra)


Update 7:55 pm EST: This is just the beginning.

CAIRO (AP) — A group of about 30 protesters broke into the Israeli Embassy in Cairo Friday and dumped hundreds of documents out of the windows after a day of demonstrations outside the building in which crowds swinging sledge hammers and using their bare hands tore apart the embassy’s security wall.

Israel’s ambassador, Yitzhak Levanon, his family and other embassy staff were waiting at Cairo’s airport for a military plane to evacuate them, said airport officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Hundreds of protesters converged on the embassy throughout the afternoon and into the night, tearing down large sections of the graffiti-covered security wall outside the 21-story building housing the embassy. Egyptian security forces made no attempt for hours to intervene.

Just before midnight, a group of protesters reached a room on one of the embassy’s lower floors at the top of the building and began dumping Hebrew-language documents from the windows, said an Egyptian security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

In Jerusalem, an Israeli official confirmed the embassy had been broken into, saying it appeared the group reached a waiting room on the lower floor. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to release the information.


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