Tuesday 30 December 2008

Yemeni protesters storm Egypt Consulate

Hundreds of demonstrators have stormed the Egyptian Consulate in Aden to protest against Egypt's role in Israel's offensive against Gaza.

According to a Yemeni security official, the protesters, who were mostly students from the University of Aden, "vandalized furniture before they were removed peacefully from the building."

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, further added that the demonstrators attacked the front gate, threw computers from windows, and climbed the two-story building to the roof and set fire to the Egyptian flag on Tuesday.

There have been no reports of casualties as it was unclear whether consular staff were in the building at the time of the protest.

More than 360 Palestinians have lost their lives and 1600 others wounded after Israel launched air operations against the coastal sliver on Saturday.

Four Israelis have also been killed and eight others injured in the past four days.

On Tuesday, the Israeli forces voiced readiness to begin a ground operation in the Gaza Strip.

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