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Egyptians protest border deaths

Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 - 01:46

Aug 20 - Hundreds of Egyptians voice their anger against Israel over the killing of five Egyptian security personnel as Israeli forces pursued cross-border raiders. Andrew Raven reports.

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Egyptian protesters gather outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo. Under the watchful eye of soldiers, they burn an Israeli flag and call for the removal of the country's envoy. On Saturday, Cairo withdrew its own ambassador from Israel. The angry protest comes after five Egyptian security personnel were killed during border clashes with Israeli soldiers in the Sinai peninsula. The killings have heightened tensions between the two countries - and sparked an outpouring of public anger in Egypt. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNNAMED PROTESTER: "If Israel thinks that things are like the days of the corrupt regime, when Egyptian soldiers were killed and we were forced to remain quiet, they're wrong, there has been a revolution and I want to tell Israel that one Egyptian soldier is worth ten Israeli soldiers." Egypt and Israel have been at peace for over 30 years. But following Egypt's revolution earlier this year, one analyst says the country's new leaders are likely to take a harder line on Israel. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROFESSOR UZI RABI, DIRECTOR OF DAYAN CENTRE FOR MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES AT TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY "When it comes to the Arab street,the Muslim street, everybody will realise and know that the new leadership of Egypt has a totally different rhythm when it comes to foreign policy in the region, towards Israel at large." Israel has expressed concern about security in the Sinai peninsula. But Cairo rejected the charge it had lost control of Sinai and accused Israel of blaming Egypt for its own security failings. Andrew Raven, Reuters

Egyptians protest border deaths

Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 - 01:46

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