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Egyptian man rewarded for ripping down Israeli flag

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August 25, 2011 | 1:09 pm

Egyptian protesters shout slogans against Israel during a protest in front of the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, Aug. 21. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Egyptian protesters shout slogans against Israel during a protest in front of the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, Aug. 21. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

The Egyptian man who ripped down the Israeli flag from the embassy in Cairo has been rewarded for his act.

Ahmad al-Shahat climbed up the side of the 22-story building last weekend to the cheers of anti-Israel demonstrators and ripped down the flag, two days after several Egyptian border guards were killed in fighting between Israeli troops and terrorists following a coordinated attack on civilian vehicles near Eilat.

He is reported to have been given a new home and a new job by an Egyptian provincial governor, Reuters reported Thursday, citing reports in the Egyptian media.

Protests continue in front of the Israeli embassy and the home of the Israeli ambassador, where an Israeli flag was also ripped down. The protesters are calling for a million-man protest on Friday to demand the expulsion of Israel’s ambassador to Egypt.

The road leading to the ambassador’s residence was closed by the Egyptian military in order to protect the ambassador, according to the newspaper Israel Hayom.

Israeli officials have apologized for the accidental killing of the Egyptian troops, which Egypt has said is not enough.

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