VIDEO - The mob attack on the Israeli Embassy in Cairo ended without any Israeli casualties, but Egyptian protestors claimed Saturday morning that they had beaten up one of the workers.
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Mustafa al-Sayyid, 28, said he was one of the 20 protestors who infiltrated the embassy building. He showed the press a clip he took with his cellular phone, in which protestors are seen raiding the embassy and going through documents.
According to Sayyid, he and his friends managed to beat up an Israeli worker before Egyptian soldiers intervened. He said the soldiers removed the protestors from the building but failed to arrest them.
Egyptian security forces clashed with the protestors, more than 1,000 of whom were injured. According to the al-Youm al-Sabah daily, three of the protestors died of their wounds. An earlier report said one of the protestors died after suffering a heart attack.
Israel's Ambassador to Egypt Yitzhak Levanon and some 80 diplomats, their family members and other Israeli residing in the Egyptian capital were flown back to Israel early Saturday following a decision made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The deputy ambassador remained in Cairo to maintain the embassy.
Netanyahu referred to the mob attack on the embassy as "a serious incident, which could have been worse had the rioters managed to get through the last door and hurt our people.
"I'm glad we managed to prevent a disaster," he added, thanking the Egyptian authorities for working to rescue the Israeli representatives.
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