Egyptian protests shut Saudi EmbassyIn this citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network ENN, anti-Syrian regime protesters hold a banner.
Sat, April 28, 2012 - 7:26 AM
Saudi Arabia has shut its embassy and consulates in Egypt following protests over an Egyptian lawyer who has been detained in Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi ambassador to Egypt had also been recalled, the Saudi state news agency said.
Egyptian protesters have demanded the release of human rights lawyer Ahmed al-Gizawi.
The head of Egypt's ruling military council has expressed surprise over the Saudi move.
Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi contacted the Saudi government on Saturday to try to resolve the issue, the Egyptian Mena news agency reported.
The Saudi closures affect the embassy in Cairo as well as consulates in the cities of Alexandria and Suez. (BBC)
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