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No more walls around Israeli embassy: Giza governor

After protesters destroyed a concrete wall set up by the Giza governorate before the Israeli embassy, a contrite Governor promises no more walls and asks the public's help in securing embassies

Ahram Online, Saturday 10 Sep 2011
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Egyptian protesters bringing down concrete wall before the Israeli embassy in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
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Giza governor Ali Abdel-Rahman pledged, in statements to the press Saturday, that there is to be no reconstruction of the concrete wall before the Israeli embassy, which protesters taking part in the Friday of Correcting the Path had dismantled Friday night.

The governor said he would welcome any public assistance in the protection of public and diplomatic buildings, including the Israeli and Saudi embassies, which lie within the governorate’s environs.

Maintenance crews were already removing the rubble left behind from the destruction of the wall, which the governorate had finished building around the embassy a mere week before Friday’s protest.

Abdel-Rahman, nevertheless, felt it was unfair of the protesters to call the wall before the embassy a “separation wall”, comparing it to the separation wall built by Israel on Palestinian occupied land in the West Bank.

Abdel-Rahman also said that the nearby Giza police headquarters had suffered little damage in the course of the fierce battles between police and protesters that ran well into early hours of Saturday morning, leaving over a thousand injured and 3 dead.  

 

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