Egyptian protester takes down Israeli embassy flag
An Egyptian protester removed the Israeli flag from outside the embassy in Cairo on Sunday as thousands protested over the deaths of five policemen, activists said, DPA reported.
The protester climbed 17 storeys to remove the flag from the window. He was carried on the shoulders of the crowd when he came down.
People cheered and honked their car horns as protesters prevented military police from arresting him.
The man climbed the building after several failed attempts by the crowd to ignite the flag using fireworks.
Crowds have been protesting in front of the embassy in Cairo for two days, demanding the envoy be expelled over the killing of the policemen near the border.
The Egyptian army on Saturday beefed up its presence outside the building housing the embassy near the Nile River.
Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak gave an official apology on Saturday for the incident. He also said the circumstances of the incident would be examined jointly with the Egyptian army.
He made the remarks hours after Egypt threatened to recall its ambassador to Tel Aviv until Israel apologised for the deaths, which occurred Friday during an Israeli shootout with Palestinian militants near the Egyptian border.
Official media said Egypt had accepted Barak's apology.