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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Egypt: Extremely small turnouts for protests in solidarity with Gaza

Egypt governorates demonstrate in solidarity with Gaza
Egyptians demonstrate across the country in solidarity with Gaza and in
support of President Morsi's decision to recall Egypt's ambassador to Israel
Ahram Online and MENA, Saturday 17 Nov 2012
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/58340/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-governorates-demonstrate-in-solidarity-with-.aspx

Demonstrations broke out in Egypt's different governorates Friday,
protesting Israel's ongoing attacks on the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

The demonstrations were mainly called for by the Muslim Brotherhood and its
political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party. The call was also supported
by other political groups.

In Alexandria, hundreds demonstrated at the Qaed Ibrahim Mosque. The Muslim
Brotherhood in Alexandria also released a statement in support of President
Mohamed Morsi's decision to withdraw the Egyptian ambassador from Israel.

In Qalyoubeia governorate, the Muslim Brotherhood together with Gamaa
Islamiya called for demonstrations also attended by several other political
groups in the governorate's main squares.

Dozens of Muslim Brotherhood members demonstrated in Aswan's Kom Ombo and in
Aswan city.

Hundreds demonstrated in Gharbeia's Tanta city in a protest called by the
FJP and the Salafist Calling.

"Gaza is in our hearts" chanted demonstrators, who also carried banners
reading "Rest in peace martyr, we will continue the struggle." Protesters in
Gharbeia also chanted in support of Morsi's decision to withdraw Egypt's
Israel ambassador.

In Assiut, hundreds also demonstrated, chanting "Salute from Assiut to Gaza
and to Al-Qassam Brigades," referring to the armed resistance wing of Hamas.
The demonstration was also attended by members of the Muslim Brotherhood and
Gamaa Islamiya.

Since the opening Wednesday of Israel's onslaught on the Gaza Strip, Cairo
has witnessed a series of protests against the Israeli attacks and demands
for an end to Egypt’s diplomatic ties with Israel. Friday's demonstrations
are the first to be organised by the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from
which current President Mohamed Morsi hails.

On Wednesday, Morsi recalled Egypt's ambassador to Israel in response to
mounting Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

On Friday, Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil visited Gaza to express
solidarity with the Strip's besieged population of 1.7 million inhabitants.

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