Egypt activists trying to demolish Israel embassy wall

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Posted: Sep 09, 2011 12:35 PM
Egypt activists trying to demolish Israel embassy wall

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian activists on Friday began demolishing a wall built around a building housing the Israeli embassy in Cairo to protect it against demonstrators, witnesses said.

They said about a dozen people used hammers to chip away at the mainly concrete wall, which Egyptian authorities erected after daily protests last month sparked by tensions over the death of five Egyptian security personnel in Sinai which Cairo blamed on Israel.

The witnesses said policemen and soldiers stood by as the activists hammered away at the roughly 2.5 meters (8-foot) high wall. Egyptian officials said the wall was intended to protect residents of the high-rise embassy building, not the Israeli mission.

The move against the embassy wall came as thousands of Egyptian activists demonstrated in central Cairo demanding faster reforms, ending military trials for civilians.

(Reporting by Seham el Orabym; Writing by Sami Aboudi)