Egyptian court sentences 76 in Israeli Embassy attack

An Egyptian court sentenced 76 citizens in last September’s attack on the Israeli Embassy in Cairo.

All but two of the convicted protesters were given one-year suspended prison sentences. One was sent to a juvenile detention center, and a former police officer who fled the country was sentenced to five years in prison in absentia, the Egyptian daily Al Masry Al Youm reported.

More than 1,000 Egyptians demonstrated at the embassy Sept. 9, 2011, many after an Egyptian Facebook group called on protesters to gather at the embassy and “urinate on the wall.”

Three people were killed and more than 1,000 injured in the riots. The Israeli ambassador, embassy personnel and their families were evacuated. Six security employees stranded in the building were later rescued. — jta