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VIDEO: Protesters take down Israeli embassy flag

For the second time, daring Egyptian protesters manage to remove the Israel embassy flag amid feverish celebrations

Ahram Online, Friday 9 Sep 2011
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Protesters have managed to scale the 15 story apartment building which houses the Israeli embassy for a second time in a month and remove the Israeli flag.

The four protesters climbed the building, some struggling along the way. One of the daring four managed to reach the flag and rip it, pole and all, from its base. The crowd below erupted with joy. 

The thousands of protesters gathered in front of the embassy have made no indication that they are leaving. They have stated that they will not leave until the Israeli ambassador is expelled, pointing to recent diplomatic sanctions by Turkey against Israel. In the meantime, protesters continue to proceed towards the embassy from Tahrir.

At 5:00pm, thousands of protesters converged in Giza, Cairo in front of the embassy. Many had marched from Tahrir Square. They immediately set upon tearing down the recently erected barrier which security forces put in place to protect the embassy. With hammers, crow bars and bare hands, the protesters began breaking the wall bit by bit until hours later it remained in ruins.

A heated confrontation between protesters and CSF troops followed shortly after, but soon died down. The CSF troops have completely evacuated the area as protesters completely block off University Bridge from all traffic. 

Ahead of the day’s protest, the military council had published a statement warning against any excesses on the part of protesters. Thus far, the ruling military council have not offered up any responses to the day’s tense and agitated events. 

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