22 Egyptians Wounded in Anti-Israeli Protests
Twenty-two people were wounded Saturday in Egypt in clashes between students and police in another day of anti-Israeli rage, police and hospital sources said.
Thousands of protesters also filled the streets of northeast and southeast Yemeni cities to express their solidarity with the Palestinian people locked in bloody confrontations with Israeli troops.
In Cairo, 15 Egyptian policemen and seven university students were injured in clashes when the police prevented hundreds of university students from marching on the Israeli embassy, police and hospital sources said.
Five policemen were hospitalized for their injuries, they said.
Witnesses said the violence erupted when the Cairo University students gathered outside the campus determined to march on the embassy, 600 meters (yards) away.
Anti-riot police armed with clubs dispersed them and pushed them back into campus with the students retaliating by pelting the police with rocks, witnesses said.
Police also sealed off the roads leading to Cairo University, which has been the scene of almost daily protests following the outbreak of violence between Palestinians and Israeli troops last week.
But it was the first time Saturday that the students protested outside campus, where police have locked up the gates in the past few days by police to prevent demonstrations from spilling out.
On Wednesday around 4,000 students set on fire several university security cars inside campus during an anti-Israeli protest.
Meanwhile, hundreds of school pupils on Saturday marched in the streets of Cairo and Upper Egypt denouncing "the massacres committed by the Israelis" against the Palestinian people.
Similar scenes of outrage were reported in Yemen's southeastern Shabwa province and the northwestern city of Taez, where thousands of people took to the streets to denounce the Israeli "aggressions."
Armed members of local tribes were among 7,000 people who marched in Ataq, the main town in Shebwa, alongside governor Ali al-Rassas, calling for a jihad (holy war) against Israel "to liberate Palestine," witnesses said.
They also torched Israeli flags and said they were ready to "sacrifice" themselves for Al-Aqsa, the mosque on Haram al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, which Muslims regard as one of their three holiest sites.
Taez Governor Ahmad Abdullah al-Hajri lead a demonstration during which protesters called on Arab leaders expected to hold an urgent summit later this month "to mobilize to liberate all occupied Arab land," Saba news agency said – CAIRO (AFP)
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