17 September 2012

Egypt: U.S. Embassy Arrests Rise to 431

Photo: Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua
Egyptian protestors confront riot police in front of the U.S. embassy in Cairo.

A source from the interior ministry said that Egypt's security apparatus has arrested 431 individuals since violent confrontations broke out near the American embassy in Cairo.

The number includes 143 people who were jailed pending prosecution, 68 with criminal records and 33 fugitives, a local newspaper said on Monday.

Clashes erupted outside the United States embassy on Tuesday after hundreds of angry protesters staged a demonstration over a film offending Islamic Prophet Mohammad that was produced in California.

The violent confrontations resulted in one death and hundreds of injuries.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal al-Deen, visited on Sunday, policemen who were injured during the clashes, pointing to their efforts in facing angry protesters and commitment to self-restraint in the face of attacks and provocations.

Gamal al-Deen urged policeman to carry on their noble duties in restoring order and maintaining stability.

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