Growing tensions between Egypt and Algeria
Algeria's foreign minister summoned Egypt's envoy on Friday to reject accusations that his government failed to protect Egyptians from violent Algerian football fans during a World Cup play-off, state media said. Algeria's Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci told Egypt's envoy of his government's "incomprehension and great preoccupation" over the "escalation of the media campaign" in Egypt, official Algerian news agency APS said.
"Mr. Medelci expressed hope that an instant end will be put to this campaign which does not serve the interests of the two countries and the two peoples," APS cited the ministry as saying. It said Algeria had taken all necessary measures to calm the violence by fans and had reinforced security to protect Egyptian citizens and their property in Algeria.
Meanwhile, violent protestors wounded dozens of police near the Algerian embassy in Cairo on Friday. 35 police were wounded and 15 cars damaged in the violence, as demonstrators hurled stones and firebombs, a police official said. Authorities said 20 had been arrested.