76 referred to emergency courts for Israeli Embassy unrest

Attorney General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud referred 76 defendants arrested during attacks on the Israel Embassy in Giza to state security emergency courts, state-run MENA news agency reported on Sunday.

On 9 September, hundreds demonstrated outside the building housing the Israel Embassy and dozens stormed it. Protesters also clashed with security forces outside the nearby Giza Security Directorate and Saudi Embassy. The clashes resulted in two deaths and left many injured.

The riots came after six Egyptian military and security personnel were killed on 18 August by Israeli forces who, Israel said, were pursuing criminals who killed eight Israelis near the southern Israeli town of Eilat earlier that day.

State security prosecutors have questioned scores of suspects since 9 September, but have not revealed exactly how many.

The prosecution has accused the defendants of “gathering and using force and violence against public servants, assaulting police officers and personnel, attempting to occupy the Giza Security Directorate, damaging public property, damaging public transportation facilities for the purposes of terrorism, and deliberately damaging private property for the purposes of terrorism.”

They are also accused of possessing bladed weapons with the intention of disrupting public order and security.

Forty of the defendants have criminal records and four are juveniles, MENA reported, adding that ex-police officer is also accused of instigating violence at the embassy.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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