Dozens call for FM to leave over Libya

Dozens of people protested Wednesday in front of the Arab League headquarters in downtown Cairo to call for the removal of Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit.

The protests came as the league held a meeting for foreign ministers. Protesters criticized Abul Gheit's stance on the crisis of Egyptians stuck in Libya, chanting "Go!", "Where are our sons in Libya?" and "Egypt and Libya are united."

Many Egyptians felt targeted after Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi accused “Egyptian and Tunisian elements” of inciting Libyans to revolt and giving them “drugs” that made them unconscious of their acts.

Escaping the unrest in Libya, growing numbers of people have fled over the northwestern border into Tunisia, including Egyptians, many of whom are still stuck in refugee camps. About 90,000 Egyptians have returned home.

The number of Egyptians who died in the turmoil in Libya was at least 12 as of Tuesday.

Egyptians constitute the largest foreign community in Libya, with 1.5 million Egyptian expats working in different fields.


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