CAIRO, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Egyptian protesters said during Friday protests in Cairo they wanted “retribution” for those killed by Israeli forces in Sinai last week.
The Israeli military last week launched a raid on Egyptian targets after militants crossed the border in the Sinai Peninsula, killing eight Israelis. Six Egyptian security personnel were killed in the raid, stoking anti-Israeli sentiments in the Egyptian population.
Hundreds of protesters stormed the Israeli Embassy in Cairo calling for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador to the country.
“The people want retribution for the Sinai martyrs,” protesters were quoted by Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm as chanting.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barack, in comments in The Economist, said Friday his government would tolerate the Egyptian deployment of thousands of troops to bolster security in Sinai Peninsula.
Both countries are investigating the incident. A group said to be affiliated with al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the Aug. 18 attack, lending concerns that Egypt after the revolution is having problems with security in the country.
The attackers were allegedly wearing Egyptian uniforms when they stormed Israeli targets in the border town of Eilat.
The Arab League in its statement said Israeli bears “full responsibility” for what it said were crimes committed against Egypt.