By Maggie Michael Associated Press

Protesters gather as smoke of tear gas rises nearby during clashes with the Egyptian security forces next to a building housing the Israeli embassy in Cairo, Egypt, early Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011. Hundreds of Egyptian protesters, some swinging hammers and others using their bare hands, tore down parts of a graffiti-covered security wall outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo on Friday. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

CAIRO – Egypt put its police force on a state of alert after a night of violence during which angry protesters broke into the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, tearing down a cement barrier around the building and dumping documents out of the windows.

The rampage further worsened already deteriorating ties between Israel and post-Hosni Mubarak Egypt. The Israeli ambassador and his family had rushed to the airport and left the country.

The state MENA news agency says 448 people were injured in overnight clashes between thousands of protesters and police, who fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. Forty-six policemen were also hurt and 17 protesters were arrested.

Egypt’s state TV says the interior ministry on Saturday ordered all officers back on duty and canceled vacations.


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