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Cairo tense after Israeli embassy assault

Cairo tense after Israeli embassy assault
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A state of alert has been declared in Egypt after hundreds of furious Egyptians stormed the Israeli embassy in Cairo overnight.

The Jewish state evacuated its ambassador, Yitzhak Levanon, along with 80 staff and their families.

As the mob broke into the building six embassy workers were trapped inside and feared for their lives.

Egyptian commandos were mobilised and escorted the Israelis to safety.

Protesters then stripped the building of the Israeli flag, burned tyres and hurled petrol bombs and stones.

Riot police responded with tear gas and drove armoured cars into demonstrators, two people died in the riot, hundreds were injured.

The outburst of anger was sparked by the killing of five Egyptian border guards as Israeli forces pursued suspected militants across the frontier last month.

Many Egyptians are frustrated with the performance country’s caretaker military rulers after the euphoria of ridding Egypt of former President Hosni Mubarak.

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