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News number: 9006200171

14:30 | 2011-09-12

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Egyptian Activist Blasts Israeli Embassy for Spying Operations in Cairo

TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior member of Egypt's Freedom and Justice Party Gamal Heshmat condemned the Israeli embassy's cultural center in Cairo for running spying operations, and said the seizure of the regime's mission was a natural reaction of the Egyptian revolutionaries to the Zionists' inimical measures.



"The cultural center of the Zionist regime is affiliated to the regime's embassy in Cairo and a center for recruiting spies and it is named as the espionage den," Heshmat told FNA on Monday.

"The takeover of the regime's embassy in Cairo was a natural reaction of the Egyptians to Israel's hostile measures against the nation," he added.

Heshmat's remarks came after Egyptian youths stormed the Israeli embassy on Friday night and destroyed a part of a barricade wall around the building, forcing the Israeli ambassador to escape Cairo.

Egyptian police used tear gas to disperse the crowd.

One person died due to asphyxiation after inhaling tear gas, and about 450 demonstrators were injured, medical personnel said.

A protester tore down the Israeli flag at the embassy, to the cheers of thousands of demonstrators on the scene.

Intimidated by the Egyptians move, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in the early hours of Saturday morning and urged Washington to help protect the Israeli embassy in Cairo.