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Egypt builds wall around Israel embassy

2011-09-05 22:17

Cairo - The Egyptian authorities are erecting a wall around the Israeli embassy in Cairo as relations between the two neighbours who signed a peace treaty in 1979 are at a delicate phase.

The wall, about 2m high, consists of prefabricated cement slabs that are being installed around the building that houses the Israeli embassy overlooking a bridge in Cairo.

Part of the wall has been painted with Egypt's national colours: black, white and red.

Outraged Egyptians last month staged huge protests outside the embassy and called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador over the border deaths of Egyptian policemen killed as Israel hunted militants.

Egypt has asked Israel for an official apology and demanded a probe into the deaths of the five policemen.

During one of the anti-Israeli protests, an Egyptian man scaled the building housing the mission, removed the Jewish state's Star of David flag and replaced it with Egypt's colours, as the crowds cheered him on.

Egyptian officials quoted by the local media have meanwhile stressed that the wall being erected around the embassy was aimed at protecting residents of nearby buildings.

Ali Abdel Rahman, the governor of Giza district where the embassy is located, told Al-Gumhuriyya newspaper the wall "has nothing to do with the protection of the Israeli embassy" but is for the protection of private citizens.

Egypt is the first Arab nation to have signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979.

Comments
  • Nom-de-guerre - 2011-09-06 07:28

    Hahaha, the irony of all of this.

      Bontage - 2011-09-06 10:03

      Only a failure on the part of Arab states? What about Israel's die-hard emphasis on continued building on land that Palestinians say is crucial to the negotiating process? Or their horrendous blockades of non-Israeli citizens? Or the USA's continued determination to support Israel, irrelevant of how right or wrong they may be? Sure, there may be a few roadblocks thrown up by Arab states, but it's hardly their fault and theirs alone.

      Nom-de-guerre - 2011-09-06 14:15

      That those that have walled a entire population gets to experience how discomfortable and barberic it is to live in a kraal.

  • BrassCopper - 2011-09-06 07:41

    Soon there will be walls built around government buildings in Europe... These people and their violent protests will bring Europe to a civil war... If it happens in Egypt today - expect anti-western violence in Europe in 2-3 years. Clash of civilizations is a cliché' - I don’t think people realize how the different cultures here just don’t seem to assimilate into each other. The ‘fanatical religious’ and the "right" will clash when the European "left" collapses. The future of Europe is dark, yet again.

  • I_Say - 2011-09-06 08:56

    2m wall hey... I guess it makes for a good swimming pool. LOL

  • scipio - 2011-09-10 09:09

    egypt pushed israel into war before and lost its airforce and its army. are they stupid enough to try it on with israel again? probably. and the end result? israel will hit them very very hard. what do you call a trustworthy arab?? asif. as if..you get it??

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