Egyptian Group Halts Israel Embassy Sit-in

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CAIRO, Aug. 27 (UPI) — Egyptian activists Saturday said they were ending a sit-in at the Israeli Embassy begun a week ago to protest the killing of five security officers.

The April 6 Youth Movement said it would suspend protests at the embassy in Giza near Cairo and at the Israeli consulate in Alexandria, al-Masry al-Youm reported. The group released a statement saying the protesters have made their point to the Israeli and U.S. governments.

The security officers were shot by Israeli soldiers in the Sinai on Aug. 18. The Israeli military said the killings were an accident caused when suspected militant fighters took cover among Egyptian security personnel.

In its statement, the April 6 movement said it wants to give the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, now serving as Egypt’s interim government, a chance to investigate and respond to the shootings. The statement demanded the Israeli ambassador be expelled from Egypt and the embassy closed, Egypt suspend trade agreements with Israel and that the Camp David Accords be changed to give Egypt control of its territory in the Sinai on the border with Israel.

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