UPDATE 11-Egypt vows to try those who targeted Israel mission

Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:51pm GMT
 

* Health Ministry says three dead, more than 1,000 wounded

* Egyptian PM meets ministers, army ruler

* Israeli ambassador evacuated, one diplomat remains in Cairo

* White House urges Egypt to protect embassy (Adds Netanyahu, U.S. State Department comments and Egypt's justice minister)

By Amena Bakr and Sami Aboudi

CAIRO, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Egypt's army rulers vowed on Saturday to try those behind the violence that pushed Israel to evacuate its ambassador from Cairo, as they struggled to contain public fury against the Jewish state while fending off U.S. criticism.

Washington, which has poured billions of dollars in military aid into Egypt since it made peace with Israel in 1979, urged Cairo to protect the mission after protesters hurled embassy documents from the windows of the building and removed and burned the Israeli flag.

Three people died and 1,049 were wounded in the clashes that began on Friday and raged on into the early hours of Saturday around the Cairo tower block housing the embassy, the Health Ministry said. Police and soldiers fired shots in the air and tear gas to disperse the crowd, which replied with stones.

Egypt's army, under pressure to hand power back to civilians after taking over from toppled president Hosni Mubarak, must balance public calls for a more assertive policy towards Israel with maintaining ties that bring it cash and U.S. military hardware.   Continued...

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