Egyptian Protesters Storm Wall Outside Israeli Embassy in Cairo

Protesters use hammers and poles to bring down wall built earlier this month following public demands for the expulsion of Israeli ambassador.

Egyptian protesters on Friday broke down parts of a protective concrete wall outside the building housing the Israeli embassy in Cairo.

Protesters were using large wooden poles and hammers to bring down the wall. Others were dancing and singing in celebration as they carried the Egyptian flags.

Egypt - AP - September 9, 2011
Egyptian military and policemen stand alert as hundreds of Egyptian activists demolish a concrete wall built around a building housing the Israeli embassy in Cairo, September 9, 2011. AP

Security forces set up the wall earlier this month, after thousands of angry Egyptians protested for more than a week outside the Israeli embassy, demanding that the country's military rulers expel the Israeli ambassador.

They were angered by the death of five Egyptian policemen, who died in August during a hunt for Palestinian militants near the border with Egypt.

The deaths have triggered outrage in Egypt, causing the worst crisis with Israel since the two countries signed a peace treaty in 1979.