- Posted July 18, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Turbulence, violence in the Middle East
Clashes erupt near the Syrian embassy in Cairo
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
Clashes erupted near the Syrian embassy in Cairo on Wednesday, July 18, after police attacked a march minutes after its arrival at the embassy. The protest was peaceful although there were some calls to storm into the embassy and raise the flag of the free Syrian army. As soon as the protesters arrived at the barricades outside the embassy, the police pushed them back using force and that's how the clashes started. Clashes involved rocks throwing and molotov cocktails from both sides. Security forces had batons, shields and helmets. Security forces used tear gas and bird shots against protesters. We also heard the sound of live bullets shot in the air and I couldn't confirm whether these bullets were aimed at protesters or not. Dozens were injured. Injuries were in the head, chest and legs. At least 15 protesters were arrested during the clashes.