Detention extended for 12 accused in Syrian Embassy riots

The Public Prosecution on Thursday extended by four days the detention of 12 people accused of involvement in riots outside the Syrian Embassy in Cairo, pending further investigations.

Prosecutors from the Qasr al-Nil police station said 14 people were injured in the clashes.

A group of Syrian youth organized a march on Tuesday evening from Tahrir Square, which has housed a Syrian opposition tent for months now, to the embassy. Their protest aimed to pressure President Mohamed Morsy to follow through on the speech he delivered last Thursday in Tehran acknowledging the Syrian people's struggle for freedom against the government of Bashar al-Assad. They also demanded the expulsion of the Syrian ambassador to Egypt.

Clashes broke out suddenly that evening when protesters insisted on breaking into the embassy to raise the flag of the Syrian revolution, but were prevented from doing so by Egyptian security forces.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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