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Sep 11, 2011

Egypt vows to try those who targeted Israel mission

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army rulers vowed on Saturday to try those behind the violence that pushed Israel to evacuate its ambassador from Cairo, as they struggled to contain public fury against the Jewish state while fending off U.S. criticism.

Washington, which has poured billions of dollars in military aid into Egypt since it made peace with Israel in 1979, urged Cairo to protect the mission after protesters hurled embassy documents from the windows of the building and removed and burned the Israeli flag.

Sep 10, 2011

Egyptians attack Israel embassy, ambassador evacuated

CAIRO (Reuters) – Hundreds of Egyptians stormed the building housing Israel’s mission in Cairo and threw embassy documents and its national flag from windows, while state television said on Saturday that Israel’s envoy, his family and staff had been flown home.

The Interior Ministry said at least 450 protesters were injured during a day of confrontations with police, who used teargas and fired in the air in an effort to disperse them. State television said 46 police were injured.

Sep 10, 2011

Egyptians attack Israel embassy, ambassador said to flee

CAIRO (Reuters) – Hundreds of Egyptians stormed the building housing Israel’s mission in Cairo and threw embassy documents and its national flag from windows, while airport sources said on Saturday that Israel’s envoy was set to fly out of the country.

The Interior Ministry said at least 450 protesters were injured during a day of confrontations with police, who used teargas and fired blanks in the air in an effort to disperse them.

Sep 10, 2011

Egyptian protesters pull down Israel embassy wall

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian activists destroyed a wall around the Israeli embassy and set police cars on fire in Cairo on Friday after thousands demonstrated at Tahrir Square to push for a timetable for reforms and an end to military trials for civilians.

Activists who spearheaded an uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak on February 11 have been piling pressure on the ruling military council to fix a date for parliamentary and presidential elections and to get rid of senior officials who served under Mubarak.

Sep 9, 2011

Egyptians demolish Israel embassy wall at protest

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian activists demolished a wall around the Israeli embassy in Cairo Friday after thousands demonstrated at Tahrir Square to push for a timetable for transition to democracy and an end to military trials for civilians.

Activists who spearheaded an uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February have been piling pressure on the ruling military council to fix a date for parliamentary and presidential elections and to get rid of officials who served under Mubarak.

Sep 9, 2011

Egyptian protesters back in Cairo’s Tahrir Square

CAIRO (Reuters) – Thousands of Egyptian activists returned to Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday for a day of protests demanding a clear road map to democracy and an end to military trials for civilians.

People who spearheaded an uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February gave a “Correcting the Path” billing to the latest protests — the first since police cleared activists who had camped in Tahrir Square in July.

Sep 9, 2011

Egyptian protesters return to Cairo’s Tahrir Square

CAIRO (Reuters) – Hundreds of Egyptian activists gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday to launch a day of demonstrations demanding a clear road map to democracy and an end to military trials for civilians.

People who spearheaded an uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February gave a “Correcting the Path” billing to the latest protests. The demonstrations could give a sign of popular sentiment toward the ruling military council since Mubarak went on trial last month.

Sep 8, 2011

Turkish warships will escort aid vessels to Gaza: Erdogan

CAIRO (Reuters) – Turkey said on Thursday it would escort aid ships to Gaza and would not allow a repetition of last year’s Israeli raid that killed nine Turks, setting the stage for a potential naval confrontation with its former ally.

Raising the stakes in Turkey’s row with Israel over its refusal to apologize for the killings, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Al Jazeera television that Turkey had taken steps to stop Israel from unilaterally exploiting natural resources in the Mediterranean.

Aug 28, 2011

Arab states urge end to Syria bloodshed, send envoy

AMMAN/CAIRO (Reuters) – Arab states told Syria on Sunday to “resort to reason” and end months of bloodshed after some of the most intense protests in Damascus since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

Arab League foreign ministers also agreed to send Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby to Syria to push for political and economic reforms in the country ruled by Assad’s family for 41 years.

Aug 28, 2011

Arab League tells Syria to end bloodshed soon

CAIRO (Reuters) – Arab foreign ministers told Syria on Sunday to work to end months of bloodshed “before it’s too late,” and decided to send Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby to Damascus to push for political and economic reforms.

But in a conciliatory message to Damascus, the ministers also said after an extraordinary meeting in Cairo that Syria’s stability was crucial for the Arab World and the whole region.