Egypt reports itself displeased
SANAA, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) — Hundreds of angry protesters stormed the Egyptian consulate in southern Yemeni city Aden to protest against Cairo’s role in the ongoing Israeli military offensive on Gaza.
The protesters stormed the two-story consulate’s front gate and threw computers from windows while setting fire to the Egyptian flag, said media reports reaching here from Aden.
A Yemeni security official was quoted as saying that most of the protesters were local university students who were later removed peacefully from the building surrounded by heavy security forces.
The incident caused no casualties, according to the reports.
The Gaza Strip was under intensive Israeli air strikes for the four successive day on Tuesday, during which some 360 Palestinians have so far been killed in the powerful offensive which Israel said was aimed at halting nearly daily cross-border rocket attacks by Palestinian militants.
However, many Arabs and Muslims are accusing Egypt of giving the green light to the Israeli assault on Gaza.
CAIRO (AFP)–Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Hossam Zeki Tuesday condemned authorities in Yemen after protesters briefly broke into the Egyptian consulate in a protest against Cairo’s response to Israel’s offensive against Gaza.
“We have reproaches” to make to Yemen, he said. “It seems the authorities there did not make sufficient efforts to prevent this consulate break-in.”
The protesters, mostly students from the university of Aden, “vandalized furniture before they were removed peacefully from the building,” an official said, asking not to be identified.
Protests have been held across the Middle East against the four-day-old Israeli air blitz on Gaza, which has killed at least 360 Palestinians and wounded 1,690.