Hundreds gather to support Hamas near Arab meeting in Egypt

Egyptian riot police beat protesters with batons after losing control of sections of a crowd which witnesses estimated at 1,000 people.

Hundreds gather to support Hamas near Arab meeting in Egypt

Hundreds of protesters shouting slogans in support of Hamas and the Gaza Palestinians clashed with riot police in Cairo on Wednesday as Arab foreign ministers held an emergency meeting down the road.

Egyptian riot police beat protesters with batons after losing control of sections of a crowd which witnesses estimated at 1,000 people, many of them Islamists.

Some of the protesters threw objects at the police outside the Egyptian Lawyers Syndicate and the nearby Journalists Syndicate, two of the few places where the Egyptian authorities regularly allow demonstrations.

Some of the protesters held up copies of the Koran and shouted: "On Gaza we will march, martyrs by the millions, we are all Hamas." Others chanted: "Rule by the Koran."

The Arab ministers were meeting at the Arab League headquarters one km (half a mile) away to seek a common position on Israeli attacks which have killed more than 385 people in Gaza since they started on Saturday.

Reuters
Last Mod: 31 Aralık 2008, 16:21
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