Egypt Independent

Protesters try to storm Semiramis hotel, smash iron facades

Protesters smashed the iron facade of the Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel on the Corniche al-Nil during clashes with security forces in Cairo Thursday evening, and attempted to break into hotel.

The protesters also threw Molotov cocktails at the hotel, but the staff put out the fire from the inside.

Security forces advanced toward the hotel and fired tear gas canisters and birdshot, wounding some and forcing the rest to retreat. They also arrested 20 protesters.

Ambulance took some of the wounded to Qasr al-Aini Hospital, while others were treated in the Tahrir Square field hospital.

Security forces in civilian clothes had earlier clashed with masked protesters who broke into shops on the corniche and stole artifacts.

The Semiramis had previously closed down temporarily after assailants broke into following similar clashes.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm